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TSA Commends Five Public Transportation Agencies

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has commended five APTA members for earning the highest rating of “Gold Standard” on its 2014 Baseline Assessments for Security Enhancement (BASE) for their dedication to building a strong security program.
The five agencies are Virginia Railway Express, Alexandria, VA; Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, D.C.; MTA Long Island Rail Road, Jamaica, NY; Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL; and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, Tampa, FL.
The BASE program establishes a security standard for individual system security programs and assesses progress. This voluntary comprehensive review of public transit agency security programs focuses on multiple categories identified as fundamental for a sound security program. They include a review of topics such as an agency’s security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs. The BASE program analyzes the security program for each system and identifies opportunities to further enhance security. The recognized agencies attained high scores across all categories.
The program was developed to increase awareness, enhance prevention and protection capabilities and strengthen response preparedness of public transportation systems. As such, it meets the requirements in the 9/11 Commission Act’s security assessment section.
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