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Searches unlikely on transit rails

A ride on the Boston subway could get you searched by transit police worried about terrorism, but don’t expect random searches on trains to become routine in other cities across the USA. Most transit agencies barely have enough money or manpower for train security, much less the beefed-up system announced by Boston transit officials last week. It’s the nation’s first program of random passenger checks on a subway. Random searches raise questions of logistics, legalities and effectiveness. But the biggest challenge may be limited resources. The economic downturn, funding cuts and energy costs have forced more than half the nation’s transit authorities to reduce staff, according to the American Public Transit Association (APTA). Few systems have money for such security upgrades as new surveillance cameras or bomb-proof garbage cans.Full Story

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