Statement from MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker on the shootings at a VTA railyard in San Jose, California.

All of us at MARTA are heartbroken after hearing of the shocking violence and loss of life at a railyard in San Jose. Gun violence has shattered the sanctity of so many of our once safe places, from churches to theaters to schools and now public transit. Protecting the safety of our employees and customers remains the most important part of our job and to see such a grievous violation of that safety at a fellow transit agency is devastating. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the people killed and to members of ATU Local 265.

The MARTA Police Department routinely trains for active shooter situations and has recently partnered with the Atlanta Police Department to provide specialized training and equipment to frontline transit officers so they can respond immediately in the event of an active shooter. Additionally, all MARTA employees have received important information on how to respond to violence in the workplace.

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