- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Transportation officials say they have been addressing security concerns related to Honolulu’s planned rail line, but they are still undecided on whether to have security officers on the driverless trains.

Hawaii News Now reports (https://bit.ly/27qbPlG ) that Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation spokesman Bill Brennan says each of the train’s four cars will be equipped with surveillance cameras and staffers will be able to monitor the train at a control center in Waipahu. But a proposal regarding transit police has not yet been brought forward.

City Councilman Joey Manahan says he’s in favor of having security officers at transit stations or on the rail cars.

“I would imagine that we would need some kind of law enforcement or security officers in the transit stations or perhaps even on the trains, especially after hours I would think,” Manahan said.

Brennan said there will be additional measures put in place to ensure the public rail cars have adequate security.

“The stations themselves will have emergency call boxes, as will the cars on the train, Brennan said. “So there are several security measures and safety measures in place.”

A transit security force could include Honolulu officers, sheriff’s deputies or private security guards, Brennan said. The HART board will have the final say in deciding security plans for the rail, he added.


Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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