September 28, 2017 The Addison street CTA train station was evacuated during Thursday morning’s busy rush hour commute after a suspicious white powdery subtance was discovered on a Red Line train.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) evacuated both the train and the Addison train station after passengers on the train reported a suspicious white powder on a southbound Red Line train.
At 8:47 a.m. Thursday morning, the Chicago Transit Authority announced via Twitter:
“Red Line trains not stopping at Addison due to fire dept investigation.”
A Chicago Fire Department hazmat team was called to the scene. A CTA spokesperson said bus service has been established between Sheridan and Belmont. Addison has been closed to cars from Sheffield to Fremont street. CTA and school buses are being allowed through.
In 2010, then U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano announced the expansion of the “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign, which was originated on New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to mass transit systems in cities across the country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security touts the campaign’s posters and recorded messages at train stations and on commuter trains as a simple and effective vehicle to engage the public to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."