Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, during a press conference on Friday. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of HoustonÂ (METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, â€śride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior.â€ť
â€śWhile local law enforcement agencies focus on overall safety measures noted above, representatives with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also be on hand, lending their counter-terrorism expertise and support during the exercise,â€ť states the press release.
â€śIf you think youâ€™re going to be a bad actor on buses, get ready. You are going to have a short-lived time frame,â€ť Jackson Lee said during the press conference. The Congresswoman is a staunch advocate of the TSA, havingÂ recently chastised the passage of a new lawÂ that allows airports to evict TSA agents and replace them with private screeners by claiming it would lead to a new 9/11-style attack.