News & Trends: Surveillance
09/19/2007 - Few places in public life are out of the eye of video cameras, subway and passenger train cars being one of the last refuges for the surveillance-shy. That may be changing, as rail security professionals consider expanding the use of cameras from stations and tunnels to the passenger cars themselves.
Legal Report: Legislation
09/18/2007 - A bill (H.R. 4373) introduced by Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) would require that the Homeland Security Department establish a system to inspect all cargo transported on passenger aircraft operated by a domestic or foreign air carrier.
Legal Report: International
09/18/2007 - A bill (H.R. 4422) introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) would require each state to submit a written report on state agencies that store or keep explosive materials. The report, which would be submitted to the Attorney General at regular intervals, would also note which materials had been transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
Book Reviews: Crime
09/14/2007 - Transportation companies must weave their way through complex security requirements and a baffling array of resources. This directory does readers a service by pulling together many of these requirements and resources.
SM Online: Airport Security
09/13/2007 - Find out what’s being done to address security risks that pertain to noncommercial flights, such as corporate jets and crop dusters.
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.