Monday, May 14, 2012

NS creates "Protect the Line" security program

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor
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Norfolk Southern is inviting "everyone with a stake in rail operations—communities, businesses, and informed observers such as rail fans"—to join its new online security program, "Protect the Line."

"By becoming a Protect the Line member at the new website, observers can report immediately to NS Police any suspicious activity relating to equipment maintenance, track obstructions, trespassing, vandalism, suspicious items and vehicles, and terrorism," said Norfolk Southern in an announcement late Friday.

NS called its program "a significant expansion" of the community-based rail security initiative started by BNSF Railway, in which around 10,000 people participate.

Interested people can access the Protect the Line website a number of different ways: directly at, through the Norfolk Southern website at, and through BNSF's Citizens for Rail Security website at," according to David Julian, NS vice president safety and environmental.

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