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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES NEW MEASURES TO EXPAND SECURITY FOR RAIL PASSENGERS
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today issued Security Directives (SD) requiring protective measures to be implemented by passenger rail operators. The measures instruct commuter, transit and inter-city passenger rail systems to comply with requirements that range from removing or replacing station trash cans to utilizing canine explosives detection teams.
The directives, which will be administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), were signed today and take effect on May 23. The directives apply to all passenger rail owners/operators. These include light rail systems, inter-city passenger rail systems such as Amtrak, commuter rail operations such as the Maryland Rail Commuter and Long Island Railroad, as well as subway systems nationwide.
"Millions of Americans travel by rail every day and recent world events highlight the need to ensure they are kept safe from acts of terror. These protective measures, along with others already in place, advance our mission to ensure rail passengers are protected," stated Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security at DHS.
The mandatory measures cover a broad range of security issues and provide flexibility to meet the specific needs of rail operators. They substantiate existing best practices in the rail industry and will ensure enhanced security across the nation?s passenger rail systems. The directives require rail operators to take a number of steps, among them:
The protective measures announced today are the latest in a series of initiatives DHS, the Department of Transportation and the industry have put in place to strengthen rail security. These measures include:
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