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Railroads try to prevent a 9/11 on the tracks

From the outside, the last car on the 7:20 to New Haven looks like any other commuter train. But inside, it is unlike any other passenger car in the nation: While the Shore Line East train rolls along, travelers must run their bags through an X-ray machine and watch as their tickets are checked for traces of explosives. Although no one has to take their shoes off or undergo a “wanding,” the sight of an armed guard is a reminder that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) means business. While such screening may not happen anytime soon on most commuter lines, there is no doubt that rail systems around the nation are tightening security. In the wake of the March bombing in Madrid, officials are moving quickly to find a workable security solution, and they’ve started with everything from removing trash cans to conducting public-awareness campaigns.Full Story

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