Shooting at Canadian capitol brings heightened security to nation’s rails

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OTTAWA, Ontario – Canada’s passenger-carrying railroads are increasing security following a shooting incident at the Canadian capitol on Wednesday. The actions of the gunman have lead to increased security and surveillance in both of Canada's subway systems, further increasing surveillance, which was already increased at the request of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police following another shooting two weeks ago.

Shortly after the morning shootings, and while the scope of the tragic events was being investigated, Toronto Police and transit officers were a visible presence on the trains and platforms of the Toronto Transit Commission's subway system. According to a statement released later in the day, security personnel will also be stepping up perimeter checks and other non-public entries into the system, including subway tunnels, garages and carbarns.

Toronto Police are also visibly augmenting the work of the transit safety staff on the GO Transit commuter rail network, particularly at Union Station.

To the east, Montreal police chief Michel Parent tells journalists that additional Service de police de la Ville de Montréal constables had been assigned to augment the squad that regularly patrols the city's Metro subway system.

VIA Rail Canada has not disclosed what, if any, additional surveillance has been undertaken, though unconfirmed reports indicated Ottawa Police Service officers are present in the city’s passenger station.

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