NJ Transit Drops Proposal to Restrict Photos of Trains

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(AP) New Jersey Transit has given up on a proposal to restrict amateur photographers from taking pictures of trains.

Transit officials said the decision to toss out the proposed anti-terrorism measure, which would have required photographers to get an identification card and call railroad police 24 hours before taking photos, was not well-received by the public.

Executive Director George D. Warrington said in a a Dec. 30 letter to opponents of the restrictions that the agency concluded the proposed measure was impractical.

“Like the majority of transit systems around the country, we will not require permits for noncommercial photography at this time,” Warrington wrote. “Effective immediately, we will return to our historic practice, which enables hobbyists and other noncommercial photographers to take pictures in public areas.”

Richard Forrest, a New Jersey attorney who takes pictures of trains for a hobby, told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Saturday’s newspapers that he feels transit officials listened to opposing arguments.

“It was unenforceable and made no sense,” Forest said of the proposed measure. “There is no connection between terrorism and people taking pictures. All a terrorist has to do is look at something or have a cell phone camera to record what they need to know.”

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