Super Bowl security extends to railroad tracks
Super Bowl planners are dealing with a trainload of security issues, including actual trains.
The CSX rail line carries freight through the "Crossroads of America" and right between Super Bowl Village and Lucas Oil Stadium.
Peter Beering is a security consultant who has advised the city on anti-terror policy.
"Trains are one of the quintessential movie plots. They've been used in dastardly deeds forever," he said.
With so much at stake, police and CSX are tracking the tracks.
"We have the TSA VOPR teams in Avon doing inspections of the trains before they hit Indianapolis," said Chief Gary Coons, Indianapolis Homeland Security.
The massive Avon yard will hold eastbound trains until inspections are complete. The railyard in Anderson is doing the same with Indianapolis-bound trains "to see if anything has been tampered with, are there any devices planted on them," Coons said.
TSA and police fear someone could walk up to a long, slow-moving or stopped train and do something harmful.
"We have camera systems on the tracks. We have an invisible-type fence on the track that alerts us to anyone crossing towards the tracks," Coons said.
Those sensors are at undisclosed, critical places. Also starting now, no hazardous materials will ship through downtown until well after the big game.
"CSX agents watching the tracks very closely," Coons said.
Extra CSX police are now stationed at points downtown and along the line.
"We've developed plans and rehearsed plans to cover literally every contingency, from armageddon to wasps and everything in between," Beering said.
He adds that decades of Indianapolis 500s, Final Fours and Colts games have Indianapolis "rail ready."