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7/16/2004



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Next phase of passenger security screening program shifts to Connecticut


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On Monday, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin Phase III of the Transit and Rail Inspection Pilot (TRIP), which focuses on screening passengers at Connecticut’s Shore Line East commuter railroad.

Passengers will be screened for explosives while passing through a specialized rail car equipped with on-board screening technology, marking the first time TSA has attempted to screen passengers while a vehicle is in motion, according to a prepared statement.

Passengers’ tickets and other documents will be placed in a machine that will determine if traces of explosives are present. TSA screeners also will conduct an X-ray examination of carry-on bags.

Conducted in May, the first phase included screening passengers and carry-on items for explosives at the New Carrollton, Md., Amtrak/Maryland Rail Commuter station. TSA completed Phase II in early July at Amtrak’s Union Station in Washington, D.C.


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