For Full Story: Progressive Railroading

Article By: Daniel Niepow and Julie Sneider


Progressive Railroading’s fourth annual Secure Rail Conference, held April 24-25 in Orlando, Florida, featured 23 presentations on topics that addressed how railroads can improve the security of assets, passengers and employees.

The first day’s morning session opened with an hour-long question-and-answer session on passenger screening options for rail agencies, featuring speaker Alfredo Perez, president of Perez Consulting LLC, and Progressive Railroading Senior Associate Editor Julie Sneider. Perez talked about the technologies and strategies passenger railroads use, can use or may soon use to secure their systems against mass casualty weapons with minimal interference to ridership.

He also suggested that transit agencies try to “get the public more involved” in security by encouraging riders to use their smartphone cameras to report criminal activity.