Chicago commuter rail plans heavy NATO security

May 11, 2012

The Associated Press


CHICAGO — Chicago's Metra commuter rail service is putting strict security measures in place for this month's NATO summit, including barring its thousands of passengers from carrying food, liquids or backpacks.

There will be an increased law enforcement presence and K-9 units, and passengers might be subjected to bag checks and extra screening.

Metra is the only transit agency with trains that barrel through tunnels right underneath the summit venue at the McCormick Place convention center.

That line, the Metra Electric, carries about 14,000 passengers on an average weekday. The second day of the May 20-21 summit falls on a Monday, setting the city up for a difficult commute.

Metra will have to close 26 stations on the line in part because it does not have enough staff to provide extra security.