Alternate Title: Workshop at the DOT[Department of Transportation]/RSPA Volpe Center, March 30, 2004
"A bio-terror attack against transportation targets or delivered via transportation vehicles is deemed to be a credible and potentially very damaging threat to the nation. Of special concern is the release of a bio-agent in crowded passenger terminals, many of which are multi-modal, linking aviation with rail, transit, water ferries, taxis, and adjacent parking garages. Hence, the public health consequences of a bio-attack on a major airport must consider not only the potential exposures of employees and passengers, but also the threat of rapid and large-scale contaminant dispersal via people, baggage, and vehicles. Perhaps equally important is the potential for huge economic losses resulting from the long-term closure of an airport or major intermodal terminal, and repercussions for wider regional, national, and international transportation networks. Considerable uncertainty remains in regard to forecasting downstream costs: for example, the cleanup and recovery of anthrax- contaminated facilities, from a few mailed letters identifying the agent, has proven to be lengthy, difficult and costly."
Volpe Center Outreach Events - 2004 http://www.volpe.dot.gov/ourwork/dimensions/