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GOING BACK TO MY PLOUGH - 1/25/06
EXCHANGE PLACE SNIFFERS - 2/6/06
SNIFF ME, SNIFF ME GOOD ;-) - 2/7/06
THEY GOT ME, GOT ME GOOD - 2/9/06
Like they said earlier:
5-06 February 6, 2006
EXPLOSIVE DETECTION TEST PROGRAM TO BEGIN
AT PATH’S EXCHANGE PLACE
STATION ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will begin an explosive detection test program at PATH’s Exchange Place Station in Jersey City, N.J. at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7. Media wishing to observe passengers participating in the test program will be allowed to do so providing they have proper media credentials. Media also will be allowed to go to the platform level after the 10 a.m. start of the testing. # # #
January 31, 2006
Contact: Public Affairs (202)
EXPLOSIVE DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES TO BE TESTED AT
JERSEY CITY’S EXCHANGE PLACE STATION
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the cooperation of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will test and evaluate security equipment and operating procedures at the Exchange Place PATH station from Feb. 6 to March 1 as part of the department’s broader efforts to protect citizens and critical infrastructure from possible terrorist attacks.
This rail security pilot project has two phases. In phase one, Feb. 6 through March 1, bags and passengers at Exchange Place Station will be screened deliberately and
randomly using off-the-shelf equipment such as x-ray machines and metal
detectors that are specifically modified for the rail transportation environment.
Exchange Place Station is the sixth busiest among the 13 PATH stations, transporting approximately 15,000 passengers on a typical workday. Peak rush hour brings in excess of 4,000 passengers per hour, compared to about 400 during slower times – all funneled through two entrances. It’s this concentration of passengers, the general accessibility of the system, and the economic importance of mass transit that DHS and Port Authority are improving security of commuter rail and subway systems.
Varied approaches will help DHS representatives evaluate equipment performance and screeners’ actions to ensure they are appropriate for actual station operations. The testing will also provide data such as percentage of false alarms, rate of screening, delays of passengers, and manpower requirements – all of which DHS will use to determine life-cycle costs and develop risk analyses. Equally important, the data will indicate which technologies and operational procedures should be further developed or refined in order to make the mass commuter rail and subway systems as safe as possible.
Phase two of the project will focus on emerging non-intrusive explosive technologies, such as infrared or millimeter wave, that can detect other terrorist devices from a distance. The rail security pilot program is expected to end Sept. 30, 2006.
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