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6/13/2007



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Railroad and mass transit constituents can do a better job of securing their systems, Penn State study says


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While U.S. transit agencies and railroads have made progress during the past several years in improving security, there’s more that can be done, according to results of a Penn State University study released by Citizens for Rail Safety Inc.

The report, “Securing and Protecting America’s Rail System: U.S. Railroads and Opportunities for Terrorist Threats,” offers recommendations on how railroads and transit agencies can improve safety and security. Among them: improve information sharing between state, federal and local leaders and, when appropriate, share information with the public; increase terrorism preparedness training for workers; and coordinate with first responders when developing strategies for responding to terrorist attacks or train derailments involving hazardous materials.

In addition, the federal government needs to help fund such improvements, the study states.

“Congress needs to pass comprehensive rail security legislation and allocate adequate financial and administrative resources to enhance security efforts,” according to the study.




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