NJ senator calls for hearing on transit security

METUCHEN - Many state lawmakers and mass transit riders are worried over new information from Osama bin Laden's compound that terrorists may have been targeting U.S. railways.

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J) wants hearings on rail security. The senator says now is the time to spend money on securing the state's rail system, but laments that some lawmakers want to slash those funds.

News 12 New Jersey spoke with mass transit riders. Some say they're concerned, while others, like Frank Vesche say, "It's what we live with every day now."

Sen. Lautenberg says passenger lists on Amtrak trains should be checked and that there needs to be a study of security risks on the rails, along with plans on dealing with threats or attacks. He says he'll fight for the funding needed to implement extra security measures.

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