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Transit Officials Propose Ban On Subway Photos, Videos

Transit officials on Thursday proposed banning photography on subways and buses for their more than 7 million daily riders to deter terrorists from conducting surveillance of the nation’s largest mass transit system. NYC Transit, the division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that runs the subways, the buses and the Staten Island Railway, said the ban on photography and videotaping would not apply to journalists with valid ID cards or to people with written permission. Officials have paid increasing attention to transit security as the Republican National Convention approaches and following the March 11 Madrid commuter train bombings, which killed 191 people. Emergency officials staged a mock explosion in a downtown Manhattan subway terminal on Sunday. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, testifying in Washington, D.C., before homeland security officials last November, used as an example of a security threat the questioning of two Iranian citizens who were taking video images of the subway tracks on the No. 7 line in Queens. NYC Transit President Lawrence Reuter said the rule changes were “intended to enhance security and safety” for customers and employees. Full Story

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