NEWARK - (AP) - New Jersey Transit passengers can now sendtext messages to alert authorities about suspicious activity.

The nation's third-largest transit system on Thursday announcedits "Text Tips" or "Text Against Terror" initiative.

NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo says passengers andemployees are the first line of defense in the war against terror.The chief says the program harnesses the prevalence oftext-messaging among customers.

Passengers can text NJTPD or 65873.

Customers are encouraged to provide as much information aspossible, such as the location and nature of the suspiciousactivity or package.

They may receive a follow-up text message for more information.