News & Trends: International
10/31/2007 - Two weeks after suicide bombers killed more than 50 commuters on the London subway and a bus, a near-identical attack struck that same transportation system, though the second round of bombs didn't go off as planned. The second attack seems to mark the first time that a group affiliated with or inspired by al Qaeda has hit the same type of target twice within a few weeks.
Legal Report: Risk Management
10/31/2007 - A bill (S. 1052) introduced by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AL) would require that the Homeland Security Department establish a task force that would be charged with conducting a vulnerability and risk assessment of freight and passenger rail transportation systems. Based on that assessment, the department would then be required to develop specific recommendations for improving rail security.
Daily Headline : Terrorism
10/31/2007 - Seven acquittals show the difficulty of convicting suspects not directly involved with the attack.
SM Online: Access Control
10/31/2007 - Heritage Foundation finds that Amtrak has done a poor job of protecting tunnels.
Editor's Note: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
10/29/2007 - The collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis was a reminder that 72,000 bridges in this country are structurally deficient. How did we get here? By using the wrong infrastructure management model.
Daily Headline : Travel Security
10/25/2007 - The agency warns the report could undermine passenger confidence in the airline industry.
Daily Headline : Travel Security
10/17/2007 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made "moderate progress" securing the nation's transportation network, says GAO.
Legal Report: Airport Security
10/11/2007 - A bill (H.R. 1413) that would establish an airport security pilot program to screen airport workers with access to secure and sterile areas of airports has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. To proceed, the bill must now be taken up by the full House of Representatives.
Transportation/Mass Transit: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
10/05/2007 - Mass transit is using training, technology, and K-9 units to secure its routes.
Transportation/Mass Transit: Legislation
10/04/2007 - A bill (S. 1256) introduced by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) would require the Department of Homeland Security to issue regulations for the rail shipment and storage of extremely hazardous materials by railroads.
Legal Report: Legislation
10/04/2007 - Asked to give their opinions about mass transit security, witnesses from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), consultants, and transit operators for the United States and the United Kingdom gathered to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. @ Visit Security Management Online to read the hearing testimony of Senator Susan Collins, Senator Joe Lieberman, DHS Assistant Secretary, Edmund Hawley, Chief Operating Office, of London Underground Michael Brown, Chief Metro Transit Police Department, Polly Hansen, President , New Age Security Solutions Rafi Ron.
SM Online: How-to
10/04/2007 - "Guide for Emergency Transportation Operations" addresses issues related to highway infrastructure.
SM Online: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
10/04/2007 - The Teamsters Rail Conference calls for a security plan to be approved and enforced by the TSA, GAO also has a report on passenger rail security.