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Rail security raised, but task formidable

You’ll notice the yellow-jacketed workers roaming the CTA station. You probably won’t notice the plain-clothed police reading the morning paper in the seat next to you. But both new additions to the region’s commuter rail experience are tasked with trying to make safe an inherently open – and thus vulnerable – way of getting around, here and throughout the country. The Madrid train bombings have raised the level of vigilance and foreboding in hard-to-protect major U.S. rail systems, with more security announcements and patrols by armed police and sniffing dogs. From New York to Washington, Chicago to San Francisco, last Thursday’s attacks on commuters in the Spanish capital underscored U.S. officials’ unease that trains and subway systems are too expansive and accessible to be secured like airports. Full Story

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