European Train Attack Draws Attention to U.S. Rail Security
Decisive action by passengers aboard a European train travelling between Amsterdam and Paris saved the lives of many in the face of a gunman armed with an AK-47 rifle, a handgun, explosives and a box cutter.
Security experts and some Members of Congress are calling for more airport-like security at U.S. train stations.
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) are urging the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to implement rail security improvements mandated by Congress in a 2007 law that was informed by lessons of 9/11, The Hill reports.
A TSA statement reported by several media outlets stated that the agency already works “"closely with law enforcement agencies at every level, including the FBI, to ensure the security of all modes of U.S. transportation, including the rail system.”
TSA’s statement touted its Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams, which have conducted 14,000 operations in 2014 and are deployed around the nation.
VIPR team members are comprised of “Federal Air Marshals, Behavioral Detection Officers, Transportation Security Specialists-Explosives, Transportation Security Inspectors and Canine teams who work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners and stakeholders in the transportation sectors,” according to the TSA statement.
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