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Since September 11, most of the security upgrades for public transit have been funded by the agencies themselves. Reacting to incidents such as the rail bombings in London and Madrid, agencies are likely to spend millions more. Where the money will come from is problematic. State governments are operating on tight budgets, and transit fares don't have much elasticity in terms of rising costs. Nevertheless, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Congress have not allocated the money transit agencies have been asking for. In summer of 2005 Congress rejected a $1 billion rail security proposal. Some money is trickling in, but agency officials complain there is not the political will to back it up. One initiative has been a group of security coordinating committees established by Amtrak. Comprised of police and employees from the railroad's largest stations, these committees have developed a list countermeasures, including increasing patrols' visibility. But there is a general indifference to rail on the part of Congress and government agencies that handle security, partly because so many more high-ranking officials fly rather than taking the train


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  • Accession Number: 01014973
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2005 5:55PM