SM Online: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
09/12/2007 - Resources committed to protecting the nation’s railways are inadequate, concluded researchers. They recommend legislation to identify threats, clarify public-private sector security roles, and provide more funding.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
09/11/2007 - The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held hearings on a proposed transportation security bill (S. 1052) that would require the Homeland Security Department to establish a task force to conduct a vulnerability and risk assessment of freight and passenger rail transportation systems
SM Online: International
09/11/2007 - Despite the attacks on the Madrid and London rail systems, commuters concerned about safety should think twice about forgoing mass transit for cars, according to a brief paper by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent Canadian research institution specializing in transportation issues.
News & Trends: Terrorism
08/14/2007 - Legislators are looking into the feasibility of mass transit security standards.
SM Online: Airport Security
08/13/2007 - The bill (H.R. 1413), introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), would establish an airport security pilot program has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.
Legal Report: Travel Security
08/13/2007 - A bill (H.R. 1401) that would enhance security requirements for public transit systems has been approved by the House of Representatives and has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
SM Online: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
08/13/2007 - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection have tried to secure inbound air cargo, says the GAO, but their efforts need to be strengthened.
SM Online: Travel Security
08/13/2007 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has pushed back two deadlines for conducting background checks on workers who handle air cargo. The original deadline to screen all such workers was December 1, 2006. However, the deadline has now been extended to March 15, 2007 for the staff of U.S. aircraft operators and foreign air carriers. An even later deadline - June 15, 2007 - has been set for employees of indirect air carriers. These are companies that contract with air carriers to perform a security-related service such as storing cargo or moving it from a warehouse to the airport. Read the regulation establishing these new deadlines.
Homeland Security: Travel Security
08/10/2007 - Testing airport screeners' ability to spot various threat objects.
Legal Report: Travel Security
08/10/2007 - A bill (S. 184) introduced by Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) would increase security requirements for freight and passenger rail systems has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The measure is now pending in the Senate.
News & Trends: Surveillance
08/10/2007 - Though exciting developments are on the horizon, technological and regulatory hurdles remain.
Homeland Security: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
08/09/2007 - How geography, road infrastructure, and mass transit pose challenges during large-scale evacuations.
Transportation/Mass Transit: Travel Security
08/09/2007 - If you believe transit and rail industry leaders and government officials, they have provided security training to employees.