Thursday, November 15, 2007

security by j mchuff

> Mel Zucker is no fan of TriMet. But he's hardly a terrorist.
> The light-rail critic was dumbfounded recently when the agency denied
> him access to ridership numbers on security grounds.
> "Wait a minute. You can't tell people that transit is crowded during
> peak periods? Who doesn't know this?" Zucker asks.
> Ridership statistics for specific locations and times of day are
> secret because they might reveal system vulnerability, TriMet says.
Are they next going to say that Transit Tracker and knowing that a bus
or train is about 3 minutes away is a security issue? That it's a
hazard to know what detour routes buses are taking? Overall, it
wouldn't be too surprising is someone in the admin building lumped
this guy in with just-might-be terrorists.

What I would like is to see us go the other way and make it possible
for the public to, say, see where a late/absentee bus was.

If we really, seriously, want to prevent terrorist attacks, lets act
pro-actively and make it so people don't feel like going at us.

> But Fetsch said TriMet also relies on secret directives
> from TSA and the Department of Homeland Security.
Oh, wonderful... [my sincerest apologies if this stuff actually stops
something major]

> Airline pilots, told not to fly over nuclear power plants,
> were denied information about where they were located.

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