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

Metro-North has rescue plan in case of an attack

(The Stamford Advocate posted the following article by Gabrielle Birkner on its website on March 25.)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Metro-North Railroad has rescue plans in place in the event of Madrid-style commuter train bombings but would be hard-pressed to prevent terrorists from boarding trains, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police said last night.

"How do you prevent a suicide bomber?" MTA Deputy Police Chief Sean McLaughlin said at a meeting of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council at the Bridgeport railroad station.

"It's no secret that the mass transit system is a target for terrorists," he said, noting that Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station could be two of the country's most likely locales for an attack.

McLaughlin said, however, no specific threats had been made against Metro-North or the U.S. rail industry.

In light of the recent Madrid bombings, he said the MTA Police has increased the number of uniformed law enforcement officials and bomb-sniffing dogs at the stations, which hundreds of thousands of commuters pass through daily.

To deter potential terrorists, 20 Connecticut state troopers have been assigned to ride Metro-North trains, and 40 New York state troopers will ride Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains.

State Troopers are trained to recognize suspicious people and packages, said Detective Kevin Rafferty of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit of the state division of homeland security.

Jim Cameron, vice chairman of the commuter council, asked Rafferty whether state troopers made commutes safer, or whether their presence represented a public relations effort on the part of Metro-North.

Rafferty said law enforcement presence is the best way to prevent crime on the railways. "It hardens your target by making it harder for them to get on the train," he said.

Also at last night's commuter council meeting, Ray Cox, a Connecticut Department of Transportation official, said commuters should prepare for a 5.5 percent fare hike expected to take effect July 1.

Cameron, who lobbied Hartford legislators against the increase, urged commuters opposed to the fare hike to contact to their state representatives.

In addition, DOT engineer Dennis Murphy told the group he's still working out the kinks of the newly expanded parking garage at the Stamford train station. Many motorists have confused pedestrian exit signs -- leading to doorways, stairways and elevators -- with vehicle exit signs, and found it difficult to leave the garage before 3 p.m. The signage, currently in place, "looked great on paper," but has not proved to be the most effective way of directing commuters, he said.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2019 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

AAR reports rail traffic for week ending Feb. 9, 2019
DOT issues final rule requiring railroads to develop oil spill response plans
Many companies, including Union Pacific, get waivers for steel tariffs amid tough trade talk
NJ Transit claims “legal precedent” shields it from federal safety lawsuits; Unions seek to set the record straight
Single mom with breast cancer speaks about struggles after being laid off by Union Pacific
California high-speed rail’s Central Valley segment is not stranded
BNSF bumps up spending on expansion projects this year as intermodal business grows
DOT-105 rail tank car safety the focus of 5 NTSB safety recommendations
Rail expansion through Port of Vancouver aimed at hiking imports from Asia
Amtrak, NJ Transit reach joint infrastructure spending deal
Metra seeking $5 billion from state to modernize “oldest passenger fleet in the country”
BRS announces Elvey elected Vice President of NRAB
Man convicted in Chicago gun case tied to NS train theft
Q&A: RRB reports performance under customer service plan
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines