Amtrak Bolsters Security

By: Bo Sykes - Email
By: Bo Sykes - Email

July 8, 2005

The attacks on the train system in London are resulting in tighter security here at home. Amtrak is responding by taking new security measures. They are increasing police presence both onboard the trains, and along the train tracks.

"This train that we got on from Chicago, they said they might do some ID checking just for security," explained Rafael Lara of California.

"[I think the trains are safe] because I think we have pretty good security," added passenger Karen Gibson, of Charlottesville.

But others feel security is already at its peak. Amtrak is adding officers with K-9 dogs to patrol the railways. Although there is no baggage screening, Amtrak workers are keeping an eye out for anything suspicious.

Kathy Hanna was on her way to New York. "I'm sure heightened security is so much on public transport [following London's bombings], that it's probably the safest place to be," Hanna said.

But even with heightened security along the tracks, is it possible to be completely safe? London's train system is much like ours in America--open to air, and easy to access.

With extra security or not, people like Lisa Nicholson's mom, who was on her way to Indiana, don't see a problem. "She's been riding the train for a long time and she's never felt insecure, [or had] any problems with security," Nicholson said.

The U.S. Coastguard is also tightening security on all passenger ferries in the wake of the bombings in London.

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