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[RailTransportation] TERRORISM : COUNTRIES: FRANCE, UNITED STATES : TRANSPORTATION: RAILROAD: PASSENGER : SECURITY: Train Attack in Europe Puts Focus on Vulnerability of U.S. Rail

David P. Dillard
 

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[RailTransportation]

TERRORISM :

COUNTRIES: FRANCE, UNITED STATES :

TRANSPORTATION: RAILROAD: PASSENGER :

SECURITY:

Train Attack in Europe Puts Focus on Vulnerability of U.S. Rail

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Train Attack in Europe Puts Focus on Vulnerability of U.S. Rail

By RON NIXON

August 22, 2015

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/us/ train-attack-in-europe-puts-focus-on-vulnerability-of-us-rail.html


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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/pscoh7x

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WASHINGTON The attempted attack by an armed man aboard a high-speed train in Europe has raised new concerns in the United States about the vulnerability of rail passengers and whether current security measures are adequate.

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Unlike airports, which are guarded with multiple layers of security including airport police and Transportation Security Administration personnel operating metal detectors and full-body scanners most railroad stations have minimal scrutiny for those boarding trains.

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Larger stations have armed Amtrak police officers, often with bomb-sniffing dogs. Passengers and baggage are randomly searched at some of the major rail hubs, such as Union Station in Washington and Pennsylvania Station in New York.

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Most smaller stations, however, lack any type of armed presence or security screening.

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Armed military personnel are also assigned to patrol Pennsylvania Station. And at Union Station, large-screen monitors carry nonstop security warnings with requests for passengers to report suspicious activity.

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Even so, these measures would hardly have been a guarantee against the kind of attack that was attempted on Friday in Europe, where screening of passengers at rail stations is also far less stringent than at airports.

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Amtrak, particularly on its high-speed train, the Acela, has cut into the airlines share of passengers in the busy Northeast corridor because of frustrations with airport screenings. Between New York and Washington, Amtrak said, 75 percent of travelers go by train, a share that has grown steadily since the Acela began service in 2000 and airport security tightened after 2001.

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Before that, Amtrak had just over a third of the business between those cities.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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