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Is Obama's Train Ride into the District the Safest Mode of Transporation?

- The environmental organizations Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have sent the Secret Service a letter asking the agency to switch President-elect Barack Obama's arrival into Washington, D.C., by train on the weekend before Inauguration Day to a safer mode of transportation.

New Guidebook on Trucking Security Released

- The American Trucking Associations (ATA) have released new guidelines for securing cargo from pick up to delivery.

Rail Safety

- A law (P.L. 110-432) designed to improve railroad safety will reduce stress on workers by decreasing overall work hours and increasing the amount of time off between shifts. The measure also provides whistleblower protections for those employees who cooperate with a safety investigation, furnish rail accident information, or refuse to authorize the use of safety equipment, tracks, or structures that are in a hazardous condition. Employees will be entitled to damages if subjected to mistreatment because of their whistleblower activity. Those guilty of safety violations under the bill would face criminal penalties.

Nuclear Vulnerabilities

- Despite billions spent, the U.S. government still has no comprehensive plan to detect the movement of radiological and nuclear materials along smuggling routes, the Government Accountability Office finds.

Judge Says No to Guns in Nonsecure Areas of Atlanta Airport

- A federal judge ruled yesterday that people with gun licenses cannot carry their weapons in nonsecure areas of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Lost TSA Contractor Laptop Found in Same Office Where it Went Missing

- The laptop lost at San Francisco International Airport contained the names and personal information of 33,000 travelers who signed up for TSA's Clear program.

TSA on Track with Canine Explosive Detection Teams

- If TSA continues to meet its goals, the GAO says 720 canine explosive detection teams should be patrolling airports and mass transit systems in 2009.

Transportation and Cargo Security: Threats and Solutions

- A practical, yet hardheaded, look at the core issues affecting transportation and cargo security.

Profiling Aviation Threats

- In April, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that airport security screening discriminated against Israeli Arabs.

Congressman Consistently Hassled During Airport Screenings

- Rep. John Lewis tells congressional committee that if this can happen to him "you can only imagine what the average American suffers."

Amtrak's Counterterrorism Program Heads West

- A mobile unit of 19 counterterrorism agents will randomly screen passengers for explosives and look out for suspicious behavior at California rail stations.

Low Morale for Airport Screeners Could Harm Security, Report Says

- The Transportation Security Administration says the report's methodology is flawed.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Rail Safety

- A bill (S. 1889) introduced by Rep. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) designed to improve railroad safety has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The Senate has agreed to consider the measure.

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