MBTA Introduces 'See/Say' App For Riders
It's now easier to report suspicious activity on the T.
As part of the agency's "See Something, Say Something" campaign, the MBTA has released an iPhone app that allows riders to send text and pictures about possible crimes to Transit Police.
(The Boston Herald reports that a Droid app will be available in July.)
Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan told our Newscast unit that police are always looking for ways for riders to communicate with law enforcement authorities.
"We thought that, trying to keep up with the technology if we developed an app, that would help make us react better and more quickly and make for a safer and more secure transportation environment," he said.
The free See Say app, which can be downloaded via the MBTA website and iTunes, allows riders to send reports anonymously if desired, and can initiate a two-way conversation so that authorities can ask riders for additional details.
It also "[i]s designed for transit and other environments with limited cell service, sending reports immediately once riders have signal," according to the T's release.
In related news, the Boston Globe reports that all underground portions of the subway system should be able to support cellphone reception by the end of 2012. It is then up to providers to expand their coverage.
This program aired on May 21, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.