The argument about not having a screening process or secure areas doesn't even make sense.
"...However, despite the policy change, the company has no uniform system of screening for firearms, Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper noted in a letter to Sens. Patty Murray and Christopher Bond decrying Wednesday's congressional mandate. They are the top Democrat and Republican, respectively, on the Appropriations Committee's transportation subcommittee.
"Unlike the airline industry, Amtrak has no system in place for a uniform system of screening for weapons," Carper wrote. The railroad has no secure loading areas, and trains make multiple stops, he said. Employees also would need intensive training."
Sooo, they have a current rule that says you can't have a weapon in checked luggage, but they have no process in place to make sure folks follow the rule? They just operate on the "honor system"?
"...Further, he said, the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) has neither the money nor the time to meet the Senate's timetable to put such a system in place."
Who says they would need one? Yes, airport security needs are a little different than train
security needs. You hijack a plane you can go almost anywhere. You hijack a train you can only go where the tracks lead.
If a terrorist struggles with a pilot, the plane loses control and crashes into the ground, possibly in a populated area or into a skyscraper, killing thousands. You struggle with a Engineer (is that what they call train drivers?) and the train stays on the tracks, or possibly derails and may kill no one.
"...Carper warned that if Amtrak were to lose federal funds, it would result in the "cessation of all Amtrak service nationwide."
Then I suggest they get to it!
"...According to its Web site, Amtrak has in place "a range of behind-the-scenes and front-line security measures" that include random passenger and carry-on baggage screening; checked baggage screening; K-9 units; onboard security checks; and identification checks.
"As part of our security strategy, randomly selected passengers and their baggage, handbags, backpacks or other personal items may be screened or inspected," it says.
"Passengers failing to consent to security procedures will be denied access to trains and refused carriage, and a refund will be offered."
And all that would continue to work. All they really need to do is create a form for those to fill out similar to the airlines and have a secured baggage container on the train for baggage carrying firearms. A little training and a little paper work. No need to completely revamp security or elevate it to the same level of theater the airlines use.