7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

U.S. orders Amtrak, all commuter rails to increase security

(Bloomberg News circulated the following story on May 20.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ordered Amtrak, the nationwide passenger service, and operators of commuter trains to boost security against terrorism by increasing inspections and the use of bomb-sniffing dogs.

The measures, which come more than two months after almost 200 persons died in commuter-train attacks in Madrid, include the removal of garbage cans at some locations unless they contain clear plastic bags and are bomb-resistant. The directive takes effect Sunday and didn't stem from any specific threat, agency spokesman Darrin Kayser said in an interview.

``Millions of Americans travel by rail every day and recent world events highlight the needs to ensure they are kept safe from acts of terror,'' Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, said in a statement.

Rail transit operators such as Washington, D.C.'s subway system already are using bomb-sniffing dogs, Kayser said. The measures were issued to provide rail operators with ``best practices,'' Kayser said, including designation of employees at each agency as primary department contacts.

The homeland security department has allocated $115 million the past year for rail security and is testing technology to detect guns and explosives at a suburban Washington station. Employees and riders are being asked to report unattended property or suspicious behavior.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2020 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Teamsters Canada calls for independent police investigation into Field derailment
Train safety investigator wants RCMP to probe fatal CP mountain crash
U.S. Class I employment dipped in December
Mississippi cities encourage Mobile to commit to Amtrak return
Democrats ask Amtrak to review policies after wheelchair riders quoted $25,000 ticket price
Derailed locomotive removed from Kootenai River
RRB Q&A: Working after retirement
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines