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Subway systems offer bull's-eye to terror

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The Moscow subway attack by two suicide bombers that killed 40 and wounded another 73 is raising alarming questions about the security on U.S. subway and mass transit systems, given the volume of travel by commuters each day, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Last year, there were more than 10.2 billion trips on public mass transit in the United States.

And John Timoney, senior vice president of business development for Andrews International, says raising the level of security on these massive systems is going to be far more difficult than setting security standards for other transportation, such as airplanes.

A former law enforcement official himself, Timoney said airline security is “manageable – it’s not unwieldy.” On trains and buses, however, he said, “that’s a whole separate matter. My sense is that while people who travel on airlines will tolerate great inconvenience, (public transportation) people aren’t going to put up with it.”

The Moscow bombings made clear the vulnerabilities in subway and mass transit systems. Timoney believes stronger security measures won’t occur until there is an incident similar to what occurred in Moscow.

“We understand the threat and likelihood, but nonetheless recognize that when it comes to security, there’s only so far we can take it,” he said.

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