ABSTRACT

Passenger Rail Security: Overview of Issues [Updated July 8, 2005]   [open pdf - 74KB]

"The July 2005 bombing of transit trains in London again demonstrated the vulnerability of passenger rail systems to terrorist attack. The number of riders and access points make it impractical to subject all rail passengers to the type of screening airline passengers undergo. Nevertheless, steps can be taken to reduce the risks of an attack. The 9/11 Commission called for a systematic analysis of transportation assets, the risks to those assets, and the costs and benefits of different approaches to defending those assets; the Commission also called for homeland security assistance to be distributed based on these assessments of risks and vulnerabilities, rather than according to population. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-458) did not directly address passenger rail security, but did direct the Department of Homeland Security to create a national strategy for transportation security. This plan would identify national transportation assets, set risk-based priorities for their protection, assign responsibilities for their protection, and recommend appropriate levels and sources of funding for these efforts."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL32625
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2005-07-08
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