♦ Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has requested that the Senate Appropriations Committee increase funding for rail safety after reports that al Qaeda had plans to target trains in the United States. According to an article in Businessweek, Schumer also requested that the Secure Flight program, under which airlines collect passenger data, be applied to Amtrak.
♦ Americans’ security concerns rose again this year with fears over terrorism and identity theft topping the list. In the U.S. Unisys Security Index, anxiety over security was at its highest level since the survey began in 2007. National security is the main worry with two-thirds of Americans seriously concerned over war and terrorism. However, the safety of infrastructure is also an issue. Approximately 59 percent of those surveyed were seriously concerned about the bridges, power plants, and pipelines.
♦ The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched a new program designed to improve passenger bus safety. Under the program, bus operators will have to meet more rigorous driver’s license standards and comply with enhanced safety regulations. In addition, passengers will be able to check a bus company’s safety record online through the DOT Web site.