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Safety, Security on the Agenda

Prior to the conference’s official start, APTA convened two special sessions focused on safety and security challenges in public transportation.

The two-day Security and Emergency Management Roundtable, cosponsored with TSA, June 9-10, focused on common challenges facing transit police forces, security directors and emergency managers. Participants discussed such topics as terrorism and security, technology, large events, multiagency policing models and active attackers.

It also featured a CEOs panel; a review of technology applications by Robert Pryor, director, intermodal security technology division, TSA; a discussion of recent terrorism incidents and security concerns in Europe by Christine Halvorsen, deputy assistant director, FBI; an update from the FTA Office of Safety Review; and a discussion of recent safety and security incidents with representatives of TriMet in Portland, OR, Denver’s Regional Transportation District and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

Focus on Safety Management Systems
In addition, APTA convened the Safety Management System (SMS) Workshop and Safety Seminar on June 10, cosponsored with the Transportation Research Board. The workshop, attended by more than 70 participants, began with a keynote address by Robert Sumwalt, acting chair, National Transportation Safety Board.

It featured two panel discussions on SMS—one that provided an industry update with transportation company and agency executives and one that presented a regulatory update with representatives from FTA, FRA and the Canadian Transportation Safety Board.

The workshop also included a roundtable discussion related to setting up and managing an SMS and the challenges transit agencies and others are having with SMS implementation.

Transit police officers, security officials, emergency managers and other safety and security personnel were out in force for APTA’s Security and Emergency Management Roundtable.

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