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

Bay Area railroad security keeps close watch

(The following appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle website on May 8, 2011.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. Homeland Security officials warned that Osama bin Laden may have been eyeing a terrorist attack on an American commuter railroad, but officials who run Bay Area trains are reassuring passengers that they keep close watch.

Evidence found in bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan revealed that al Qaeda leaders had general discussions about a possible attack on a commuter train on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a Department of Homeland Security advisory released Thursday.

Notes found after bin Laden's killing disclosed plans to sabotage rails at an undisclosed location to cause a derailment and send a commuter train plunging off of a bridge. The bulletin, according to the Associated Press, described the plot as in the early stages and lacking detail. It said no active or specific threat was indicated.

Still, railroad officials said, they're being vigilant about protecting their rails, though they would offer few details of security measures.

Caltrain, the Bay Area's busiest commuter line, hauls more than 41,000 passengers a day between San Francisco and Gilroy. Its rails are patrolled by its own police force, which is trained by Homeland Security, and all employees receive special training.

But spokesman Mark Simon said the railroad has a strict policy of silence when it comes to security.

Full story: San Francisco Chronicle

Monday, May 9, 2011

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

Union Pacific reports Q4 and full-year 2019 results
Union Pacific delivery volume falls, so does its profit in Q4 2019
Engineer at controls during deadly train derailment near DuPont sues Amtrak
Norfolk Southern subsidiary to close headquarters in Fort Wayne
FRA approves move of high-speed train from Hornell to Colorado
Gov. Baker proposes new governance structure for MBTA
Rail safety bill a priority for Vero Beach, Fla.
Another light rail stop coming to Hoboken?
RRB Q&A: Working after retirement
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines