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Senate panel OKs $4.5 billion to ramp up transit security

The Senate Banking Committee voted to spend $4.5 billion next year to build fences, install security cameras and take other steps to protect public transportation systems against attacks. The bill clarifies that transit security would be handled by the Department of Homeland Security. Until now, much of the efforts to improve transit security since 9/11 have come through the Federal Transit Administration, which would remain involved in the process. The Public Transportation Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which quickly passed by a voice vote, would authorize $3.5 billion for capital improvements, $800 million for operational improvements, and $200 million for research in FY 2005. Another $700 million would go to operational improvements in FY 2006 and FY 2007. Full Story

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