Lawmakers call for better security on US transit systems


“I want every dollar that we spend or invest to be used to protect people. And so we want to make sure that if we fund it, it actually functions and the money goes to keeping people safe.”

So says Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, according to NPR. Swalwell is a member of the Homeland Security Committee who wants answers as to why security cameras malfunctioned during a recent mass shooting in a Brooklyn subway station.

Swalwell, a Democrat, co-signed a bipartisan Congressional letter to New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wanting to know just how federal dollars meant to maintain the MTA’s security camera system are being spent.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Transit Security Grant Program has given the MTA around $50 million over the last two years.

Swalwell wants to the committee to pump more…

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