MARTA receives funds to help boost security

ATLANTA --- The Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority is getting more than $600,000 as part of the federal economic stimulus package to beef up security on public transportation.

It's part of a $78 million allocation announced in New York City on Wednesday by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The money is aimed at hiring 240 law enforcement officers at 15 transit systems across the country to guard against terrorism.

MARTA spokeswoman Cara Hodgson said the money would be used to fund two new explosive detection canine teams for three years and for explosive detection equipment.