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New Terminal at JFK Designed to Make Security Quicker and Easier

- JetBlue's new terminal at JFK International Airport reflects the security concerns of a post-September 11 world.

A Site for Safe Transit

- As the United States examines how best to secure its mass transit systems, it may be helpful to look at what its northern neighbor is doing.

Amtrak Increases Security Measures

- Amtrak to introduce mobile security teams to deter a terrorist attack on its rail lines.

Government Acts to Reduce Human-Error Train Accidents

- Human-factor-caused train accidents, such as a January 2005 accident in Graniteville, South Carolina, which killed nine people and resulted in the release of toxic chlorine gas, have increased in recent years. The Transportation Department has issued a regulation to reduce such accidents by emphasizing the need to follow operating procedures.

Little Progress Made on Airport Security Screening Technology

- Deployment of new technology at airport security checkpoints has been slow, leaving travelers vulnerable, say experts.

Runway Safety

- Government agencies responsible for aviation security, reports the GAO, must address leadership and technology problems to prevent accidents on airport runways.

Mass transit security.

- Two identical bills (H.R. 4008 and S. 1608), introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), respectively, would increase the penalties for terrorism against mass transit systems. Anyone guilty of the crime could be imprisoned for up to 20 years. For aggravated offenses--which would include any that involve high-level radioactive materials or those that result in the death of a person--the punishment could range from a prison term of not less than 30 years to the death penalty.

Rail security

- A bill (S. 2273) introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that would improve security on U.S. railroads has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The bill would authorize more than $1 billion in rail security improvements. Of that sum, $670 million would be allotted to help Amtrak complete security and safety upgrades to tunnels along the Eastern Seaboard. The Department of Homeland Security would be required to conduct a security assessment of rail systems in the United States.

Mass transit security.

- In a recent hearing held before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Highways, Transit, and Pipelines, witnesses detailed the security measures taken since 9-11 and urged lawmakers to approve additional funding for new security plans.

Transportation

- Lawmakers on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee have approved a bill (S. 2453) that would award grants to public transit agencies, including metro, rail, and bus services, to improve security. The bill must now be considered by the full Senate.

Bus security

- A measure designed specifically to address security aboard commercial buses (S. 929) was approved by the Senate and referred to the House, but the House never acted on it.

Passenger screening.

- The ACLU says that the TSA's new passenger-screening program for flyers is CAPPS II redux

Tough Track for Railroads

- Passenger and freight railroads face an uphill battle in their efforts to secure the line.
 




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