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LaHood says Amtrak is 'very, very safe' amid terror threat

(Bloomberg News circulated the following on May 12, 2011.)

NEW YORK — Riding Amtrak is “very, very safe” and the national passenger rail service is “doing everything they can” to ensure the security of its trains, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

LaHood’s comments, in an interview yesterday at Bloomberg’s Washington bureau, came less than two weeks after the U.S. military’s May 1 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout uncovered information that al-Qaeda had considered an attack on U.S. railroads. Passenger railroads have been targeted in Moscow in 2010, Mumbai in 2008, Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005.

Full story: www.bloomberg.com

Friday, May 13, 2011

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