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Transit Security: An Overview of Activities Since 9/11 Eva Lerner-Lam President Palisades Consulting Group, Inc. ITE 2003 Annual Meeting August 24-27,

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1 Transit Security: An Overview of Activities Since 9/11 Eva Lerner-Lam President Palisades Consulting Group, Inc. ITE 2003 Annual Meeting August 24-27, 2003 Washington State Convention & Trade Center Seattle, Washington, USA

2 PALISADES The Problem Transit systems are by their very nature “open” and vulnerable to security risks High concentrations of people and equipment are prime targets for terrorists and others seeking to inflict harm During an attack, transit is expected to provide a means of mass evacuation

3 PALISADES The Problem, con’d. In 1998, attacks against transportation and transportation infrastructures accounted for 42 percent of all international terrorist attacks reported by the U.S. State Department. The Transportation Research Board found that 34 percent of the violent acts against transportation target rail and buses.

4 PALISADES What Transit Has Done Transportation Research Board American Public Transportation Association Federal Transit Administration Transit Standards Consortium Amalgamated Transit Union National Transit Institute Transportation Security Administration

5 PALISADES Transportation Research Board Funded several key research initiatives Established website resource: security security security

6 PALISADES American Public Transportation Association Testified to Congress on need for funding security initiatives Worked with TRB and FTA on outreach and other activities Website resource:

7 PALISADES Federal Transit Administration Completed 37 threat and vulnerability assessments Deployed technical assistance teams Awarded grants for drills by emergency responders and transit Accelerated technology deployment Facilit a ted training and regional collaboration Established a website resource:

8 PALISADES Amalgamated Transit Union Successfully lobbied Congress to fund training and education

9 PALISADES National Transit Institute Conducted training and education courses

10 PALISADES Transportation Security Administration A Division under the new Department of Homeland Security

11 PALISADES Secretary Deputy Secretary Under Secretary Science and Technology Under Secretary Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Under Secretary Border & Transportation Security Under Secretary Emergency Preparedness and Response Under Secretary Management Inspector General Director of the Secret Service (1) Commandant of Coast Guard (1) Director, Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services (1) General Counsel State and Local Coordination Special Assistant to the Secretary (private sector) National Capital Region Coordination Shared Services Citizenship & Immigration Service Ombudsman (1) Legislative Affairs Public Affairs Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Privacy Officer Executive Secretary International Affairs Counter Narcotics Small & Disadvantaged Business Note (1): Effective March 1 st, 2003

12 PALISADES Status as of 8/25/03 Groundwork laid for comprehensive security approach (vulnerability assessments-planning-hardening-training- drills) Local, regional and national coordination networks established

13 PALISADES What Still Needs to Be Done Implementation of hardening recommendations Incorporation of security as a fundamental component of transit operations On-going education and training

14 PALISADES Challenges and Opportunities Constructive partnerships with other agencies and the new Transportation Security Administration Standards for procedures, equipment, communications, etc.


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