NJ Transit Working With FBI, TSA To Increase Counterterrorism Efforts

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)NJ Transit is using behind-the-scenes tactics to increase security on its commuter trains and buses.

The effort includes developing a new intelligence unit with the FBI and working with detectives from the federal Transportation Security Administration.

NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo told the Asbury Park Press the agency increased patrols with K-9 units and Emergency Services Units with the capability to detect radiological and chemical agents after the death of Osama bin Laden revealed al-Qaida was plotting to target U.S. rail systems.

All 11,000 NJ Transit employees are receiving security awareness training. The agency also is working with 5,000 businesses located near train stations to report suspicious activity.

Is enough being done to keep commuters safe? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Onslow

    Look, we have to face the truth. Freedom is gone. The terrorists have won. It is a hard pill to swallow, but it is true. The terrorists don’t want to just kill people – they want to destroy our way of life – they want to see our freedoms taken away – the US Constitution shredded. And this is what has happened post 9/11.

    We have an agency that exists above the Constitution (the TSA). Once you have that in place, liberty is dead.

    Come on, how about that poor 95 year old woman in the wheelchair who was pulled off the line at the airport and forced to remove her adult diaper. All the 3, 4, and 5 year olds patted down and searched.

    There is no turning back. It’s lost. All the blood shed by our brave soldiers since the Revolutionary War is now in vain.

    John Adams saw this coming 185 years ago … on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence he stated:

    “My best wishes, in the joys, and festivities, and the solemn services of that day on which will be completed the fiftieth year from its birth, of the independence of the United States: a memorable epoch in the annals of the human race, destined in future history to form the brightest or the blackest page, according to the use or the abuse of those political institutions by which they shall, in time to come, be shaped by the human mind”

  • trainfan

    Taking a photo like the one above by Paul J. Richards, continues to get folks who like to photograph trains detained, searched, threatened, hand-cuffed, and in some cases illegally incarcerated. Photography is not a crime. Lets make sure we are focusing our efforts on individuals who are actually a threat, instead of individuals who are actually an asset.

  • amyl

    That is you don’t like it don’t fly argument just doesn’t hold weight anymore. This is our tax dollars at work folks. Legislation through regulation.

  • Wimpie

    “An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protection and to protect our HOMELAND”.

    Adolph Hitler 1922
    John Pistole 2010

  • John Walsh

    I am impressed with Chief Trucillo’suse of effective tactics to better servr those who use NJ Transit. His background is top shelf and the riders should feel more secure with him in charge

  • DanTe

    How much money are we spending on this terrorism thingie? When all we need to do is ship back all the muslimes to their Islamic Paradises and than bar all plane traffic from there. All we need is cheap landmines around the oil drilling and shipping facilities.

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