Legal Report: Legislation
09/20/2007 - A bill (S. 2032) that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to submit all public transit security assessments to the Homeland Security Department (DHS) has been approved by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. The Senate has agreed to consider the measure. Under the bill, DHS would review the assessments and use them as the basis for allocating funds for security assistance grants. After receiving the first assessments, DHS would be required to update them, conduct new ones for all public transportation agencies considered to be at greatest risk of a terrorist attack, and use them to develop public transportation security guidelines and design a security improvement strategy. Under the bill, each public transportation agency that receives a grant must identify a security improvements coordinator and develop a comprehensive plan for operating and maintaining the equipment purchased with grant money. S. 2032 would also establish grants for public or private entities to conduct research into technologies and methods to reduce and deter terrorist threats or mitigate damages resulting from terrorist attacks against public transit systems.
Transportation/Mass Transit: Terrorism
09/20/2007 - U.S. air transportation system is an attractive target for a chemical or biological attack, according to the National Research Council’s (NRC's) Committee on Assessment of Security Technologies for Transportation; however, there are no “specific strategies, approaches, or procedures” developed by the air transportation system to defend against such attacks.
News & Trends: Travel Security
09/20/2007 - iJet Intelligent Risk System has created a new service which rates airlines on safety audits, the age of the fleet, and the financial health of the carrier.
Book Reviews: Security Management
09/20/2007 - What is "total security management?" Simply put: Secure all aspects of your operation, ensure your suppliers do the same, and plan for problems.
Homeland Security: Airport Security
09/19/2007 - The current methods of screening airport employees may fail to weed out terrorists. But what are the alternatives?
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.