= ID checks before boarding? For what purpose? Of what deterrence value? And imagine the lines.
= Airport style secure zones and screenings? Can you imagine thousands of riders arriving 60 – 90 minutes before departure to queue for screenings twice each day? They’d abandon the trains and be back in their cars in a flash.
= A cop on every train? Be honest: do you really think a determined suicide bomber would stop at his grizzly task if he saw a cop on the train? And with a ten-car Metro-North train carrying more passengers than a 747, what good is a cop at the front of the train if something happens a quarter-mile behind him in the rear car?
= Bomb-sniffing dogs on every train? Maybe. But we don’t have anywhere near enough trained canines to handle the hundreds of trains each day on Metro-North. Governor Malloy just laid off 26 CT State Troopers. The National Guard is busy in Afghanistan and cleaning up after Hurricane Irene. That doesn’t leave much in the way of personnel to increase visible security.