In Wake of London Attacks, House Dem HS Task Force Chair Calls for Stronger Public Transportation Security

Jul 7, 2005
Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - In the wake of the terrorist attacks on London public transportation today, the Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security expressed sympathy and resolve to strengthen public transportation security in New York and across America. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) released the following statement:  

“We are praying for the victims of this latest terrorist attack, and we stand in solidarity with the people of London.

“These attacks are the latest reminders that the prospect of terrorism is the terrible reality that we face. Though we have taken enormous steps since 9/11, there is plenty more we can do to tighten security here at home.

“Clearly, attacks in London and Madrid show that public transportation is a soft target that terrorists are eager to repeatedly attack. Security for mass transit here at home remains lacking, but it should be a major focus of Congress and local governments. Unfortunately, Congress has already missed some key opportunities to tighten public transportation security.

“Our public transportation security would benefit from an increased security presence and better technology. We have been repeatedly warned that our nation’s subways and buses are targets. It would be short-sighted not to take the necessary precautions.”