Despite the limited resources, BART has never asked for help from surrounding police departments, even though the Alameda County Sheriff's Office coordinates mutual aid and could make dozens of bomb dogs available. BART has five dogs.
It has repeatedly said the underwater Transbay Tube is its most critical facility, and it is well guarded by cameras, intrusion detectors, bomb dogs and other measures. Nike Air Max Tavas Anthracite/Pure Platinum
"We haven't found a need to ask yet," said BART police Chief Gary Gee. "Nobody knows our system better than we do."
from well protected major stations.
"Most people I know who have interviewed terrorists say they always prefer to go after easier targets," said professor Michael Nacht, dean of UC Berkeley's School of Public Policy. He applauded New York's reaction. presidents, said while it's too early to tell if the pattern of al Qaida attacks is evolving toward "soft" targets, it's consistent with other terrorist campaigns.
Pacific time, and immediately ordered the graveyard police shift to stay on through BART's morning commute.
Thursday's events showed signs of progress and cause for concern about the nation's ability to spread information fast. Federal Homeland Security officials followed up shortly afterward with an e mail of security advice for transit systems.
On July 7, London attackers exploded trains a station or two away from major mainline rail terminals. On Thursday, the dud bombs, which appeared to be limited to ignited detonators only, were also reported in less traveled stations.
The Irish Republican Army started its London bombing campaign in 1973 at Victoria Station, one of the city's busiest rail terminals.
"The bad guys aren't going to go there. They are going to go where we are not prepared, and how do they know? They ride the trains," Sparks said.
But BART was notified of the teleconference six minutes after it began. Thwarting attacks is a work in progress.
"As London Transport improved its security in major stations, the IRA campaign moved to smaller stations," he said.
Overseier said it is a matter of priorities, and he is focused on eliminating mass human casualties and not spreading resources "so thin we ignore the obvious." Jenkins said his plan to randomize security is a good approach.
BART ridership was unaffected by the news.
Alameda County Bomb Squad Commander James Williams and Richard Sparks, a counterterrorism consultant who was hired to do threat assessments by Contra Costa County, both said the recent London attacks showed a shift away Air Max Thea Womens Green
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"We really don't know when we say, 'This is going to work better than that.' It is trial and error," Jenkins said. "New Yorkers, still thinking in the shadow of 9/11, may be willing to put up with what was announced. Given the social geography of the Bay Area, the same measures may be completely unacceptable.
Which leaves BART in a quandary.
Gee said outside dogs get confused by odors unique to train systems, and their handlers cannot always communicate with their radios.
But BART has also identified $125 million in needed security measures but received just $6 million from the federal government.
"As a result of today and two weeks ago,we're putting a greater emphasis on being unpredictable and on high visibility, high impact sweeps," said BART's operations chief, Paul Overseier. "We think we can be more effective and sustainable.
Bomb sniffing dogs were deployed to Embarcadero and West Oakland stations to check trains going through the Transbay Tube. Since the July 7 attacks in London, which killed 56, BART has bolstered its security presence by sending vested office workers onto trains and platforms. That practice will continue indefinitely. As the days go by, they will spend more time randomly searching stations.
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"They were steps you could take more people looking, more bomb dogs," according to Gary Winuk, chief deputy director of the California Office of Homeland Security.
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