Jul 27, 2010 7:19 PM by David Ortiviz

TSA leader highlights rail security during stop in Pueblo

The new top man for the Transportation Security Administration the TSA spent time in Pueblo Tuesday. John Pistole talked about the governments need to improve our country's railroad security against terrorists.

Pistole became the Administrator of the TSA in June. He says he's aware an attack on our country's railway system is a viable, without enough safeguards. "Given the challenges that we don't have the same protocol as as we do aviation, it provides frankly enormous challenges," said Pistole.

Pistole is touring transportation centers and airports around the country to learn more about safety and security. Tuesday morning, he visited the Transportation Technology Center, north east of Pueblo.

Railroad crashes and explosions have been studied there for years. "Now what TSA is driving us more to is the prevent and protection," said Roy Allen, President of the TTCI.

The center is developing software to spot suspicious devices on moving trains, using high tech surveillance equipment. "Taking photos from various aspects, underneath, the sides, the tops," said Allen. "The computer can then identify any anomalies that shouldn't be there," he added.

The TSA may use this technology to strengthen security on freight and passengers trains, which Pistole admits needs to be watched more closely. "I think we do have vulnerabilities and in my Senate confirmation I raised the issue about rail security," said Pistole.

After his stop in Pueblo Tuesday, Pistole toured Denver International Airport.


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