PATH station slated for DHS security screenings
JERSEY CITY, N.J.-The Department of Homeland Security will test new explosive detection technology at the Exchange Place station of the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Railroad this week.
The program, scheduled to start July 13, will screen rail passengers with machines designed to block threats, including suicide bombers trying to enter a rail station, the Herald News reported. The machines will screen individual commuters in high-traffic areas without each person passing through airport-style, X-ray equipment. Instead, DHS will be testing a single device to "detect objects concealed between the clothing and skin," the paper reported.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owner and operator of the PATH system, which handles 61 million passengers annually, agreed to participate in the trials.
This week's exercise is the second phase of a Congress-mandated rail security project implemented after the 2004 rail attacks in Madrid and tube attacks in London last year. The first phase, conducted in February, corralled commuters through airport-style security machines.Fast facts
The PATH rail system is run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It connects Hudson County with 33rd Street, lower Manhattan and Newark.
Opened as the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad "Hudson Tubes" in 1908; re-established as PATH in 1962.
215,115 trips taken every weekday.
60.7 million trips taken in 2005.