Friday, May 13, 2011
Open access to LIRR trains
From Fox 5:
A Fox 5 News producer found an empty and unattended Long Island Rail Road with the doors wide open just sitting at the platform on the Long Island City station. He was able to walk right up the door and could have stepped right inside and into the driver's seat.
Trains only come and go at the LIC stop during rush hours. But in the middle of the day, the producer walked around for hours and the station was like a ghost town, not far from Pennsylvania Station, which is loaded with guards.
"It's calling terrorists to do something vulnerability highest degree," said security expert Juval Aviv.
Just down the street, the producer spotted what looked like a work train sitting alone and running. The fence around it was broken down giving anyone total access.
This LIRR stop is directly across the water from Manhattan and right next to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel
The Long Island Rail Road issued a statement in response to Fox 5's inquiry: "Both trains require a specialized key to operate. LIRR keeps idling engines in yards for operational reasons. The yard is staffed when equipment is present, and patrolled by MTA Police, which would prevent unauthorized operation of trains or locomotives. Passenger trains at stations that are not in use should have doors to the cars and cab closed. The LIRR is investigating this."