CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -Whenever there is a breach of security relating to public transportation, expect decision makers with Cats to take notice.
Uptown's transit center has a constant presence of law enforcement on the ground, but what happens after passengers pay their fares, take their seats, and head to their next destination?
What safeguards are in place to make sure the public faces very few risks?
We put the question to John Trunk. He handles security issues for the Charlotte Area Transit System cats.
"All of the busses have cameras, and we do have procedures and mechanisms including technology on the busses that give the driver the ability to alert and send messages." He said, " if they're in need of assistance or if there is something going on the bus that they can get assistance immediately."
While the hijacked public transportation vehicle near Raleigh was a Greyhound bus, the crime is wake up call for those who serve passengers day in and out.
Individuals who are charged with the safety and responsibilities of Cats busses don't take these kinds of crimes lightly.
"Anytime an incident of this nature occurs, we look at our policies and procedures and mechanisms we have in place to respond in appropriate manner," Trunk said.
Officials who handle security with Cats would not give us any trade secrets regarding safety on transportation vehicles.
They admit there measures are in place to handle emergencies such cameras on board, and ways to reach first responders.