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Obama Wants To Control Subway Safety

From New York City’s CBS affiliate, WCBSTV:

Obama Proposes Federal Oversight Of Transit Safety

White House Hopes For Federal Oversight Of Safety Regulations On All Local Subways, Light Rails In US

Nov 15, 2009

NEW YORK (CBS) ― If the White House has its way, New York and other subway systems nationwide could be in for a federal safety takeover.

It comes as a surprise to many straphangers. Unlike airplanes and highways, the nation’s subways systems operate with no federal oversight.

"That makes me uncomfortable to hear that," subway rider Rhonda Jordan said. "I do take the subway quite often."

But in the wake of the Washington, D.C. Metro crash that killed nine people, the Obama administration is proposing that the federal government take over safety regulation of all subway and light rail systems across the country – in essence, telling state and local regulators to step aside.

The plan would require congressional approval. New York’s senior senator says that, based on what he knows so far, he’s supportive.

"We have federal standards for highway safety, for airline safety, and having it for subway safety is a good thing," Sen. Charles Schumer said

Sen. Schumer says that, if the measure passes and the feds order subway safety improvements, the feds should also provide the money to pay for them.

Unionized TSA for our subways?

We feel safer already.

It comes as a surprise to many straphangers. Unlike airplanes and highways, the nation’s subways systems operate with no federal oversight.

"That makes me uncomfortable to hear that," subway rider Rhonda Jordan said. "I do take the subway quite often."

We take it Ms. Jordan is an Obama voter.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Wants To Control Subway Safety”

  1. Chuckk says:

    I want a TSA agent to accompany me everywhere. Only then will I feel safe.

  2. proreason says:

    Is that the same government that “controlled domestic safety” at Ft Hood?

  3. caligirl9 says:

    Okay this is something I know a little something about.

    Subway and light rail operators take safety very seriously. They are constantly looking for ways to prevent attacks and acts of terrorism through design, public awareness campaigns, and visible policing. I just finished editing a symposium about rail security and I’ve provided the URL below.

    Oh, and security and safety are NOT the same thing. Safety refers to prevention of accidents, such as people falling off the platforms or slipping on the trains. Security is preventing people from leaving bombs and assaulting other people on the trains.

    See what some systems are doing, edited proceedings from American Public Transportation Association’s Rail Passenger Selective
    Screening Summit:

    http://www.transweb.sjsu.edu/MTIportal/research/publications/documents/Rail%20Transit%20Security.pdf

    This is highly edited because there were discussions about vulnerable areas, specific machinery and techniques that needed to be removed. But this is what our public transportation systems are doing—and to have the government butt in will no doubt result in a mass [confusion]. The feds oftentimes think one size fits all, and it sure doesn’t. It’s a bit boring—now you see what I do for a living, when I get work.


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