The nation's third-largest transit system on Thursday announced its "Text Tips" or "Text Against Terror" initiative.
NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo says passengers and employees are the first line of defense in the war against terror.
The chief says the program harnesses the prevalence of text-messaging among customers.
Passengers can text NJTPD or 65873.
Customers are encouraged to provide as much information as possible, such as the location and nature of the suspicious activity or package.
They may receive a follow-up text message for more information.