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Rail Security Requires Patience, Not Pork or More Regulation.

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Publication Date: February 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano

Series: Executive Memorandum

Topic: Transportation (Railroads and trains)

Keywords: Homeland defense; Regulation; law enforcement; rail

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The federal government has completed a national vulnerability assessment of the rail system, issued additional regulations, developed law enforcement support teams, and allocated millions for training, planning, and exercises. Instead of throwing more money and laws at the problem, Congress should focus on its oversight responsibility to ensure that these programs are implemented efficiently and effectively.