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Terrorism poses threat to proposed high-speed rail

Posted: July 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I am a new subscriber to The Signal. I missed your satirical editorial piece on July 13, which Michelle Boehm responded to in the July 20 issue of The Signal.

She closed her article with the plea for “accurate reporting on the program,” and I agree.

However, there is one question that has not been asked in a public forum, nor answered by the California High Speed Rail Authority: How are they going to assure safety of a 400-mile rail system when it is possible for a terrorist to derail a 200-mph train with a $45 IED?

Can anyone imagine the cost for securing these lines?

Our TSA investment at airports is a huge expense, but it pales with the scope of protecting miles and miles of tracks in unpopulated areas.

If there is one question which needs to be answered by Ms. Boehm, it is this: “How will ridership be impacted if a bomb derails a train at 200 mph and the passengers are mutilated by the crash”?



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