It’s “just a matter of time” before New York is the target of a terrorist attack similar to the London transit blasts, said a top city emergency management official after wrapping up a visit to Britain. “Any major city in the U.S. should be expecting something of this nature to happen,” said Calvin Drayton, first deputy commissioner of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management. Drayton and other mass transit authorities from New York spent several days examining how British officials shut down the transit system and the speed with which they restarted it, reports the New York Daily News.
The officials studied the closed-circuit TV network that enabled British police to identify the bombers so quickly, as well as London’s public-address and poster campaign to remind travelers about suspect packages. “We need to change the culture of our riders” to make vigilance routine, said Dave Sumner, an operations officer with the Long Island Railroad. “We did that through 9/11. I would like to think we would do the same thing if something like this happens in New York – or when something like this happens in New York. It’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time.”