Securing the Nation's Rail and Other Surface Transportation Networks, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, April 21, 2010   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Frank R. Lautenberg: "The evidence is clear, we've got to do everything possible to keep our Nation's transportation system safe; and, unfortunately, it's not clear that we're meeting the obligation to keep our passenger rail system, our freight networks, and other surface transportation networks protected. And that's why we're here today. For years, I've been sounding the alarm that our attention has been too one-sided, that we can't focus on aviation security alone, that we need also to concentrate on safeguarding our surface transportation network. The 9/11 Commission echoed this concern when it characterized the Federal emphasis on aviation security, and here I quote, 'as fighting the last war,' and noted that, 'opportunities to do harm are as great or greater in maritime and in surface transportation.' That's why we've worked so diligently to provide the Department of Homeland Security and TSA [Transportation Security Administration] what they needed to secure our Nation against attacks and fulfill their responsibilities under the 9/11 Commission Act. Still, DHS [Department of Homeland Security] and the TSA have been far too slow to meet these responsibilities, especially when it comes to addressing rail security. In fact, the 9/11 Act required TSA to complete, by 2008, a comprehensive risk assessment and a national security strategy for the rail sector. They still have not completed either one of these. It's no wonder, then, that the White House released a report earlier this month in which the National Security Council called TSA to task for its failure to lead in protecting our surface transportation systems." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank H, Lautenberg, Kay Bailey Hutchison, John Thune, Mark Warner, Tom Udall, David Heyman, Stephen M. Lord, Carlton I. Mann, John O'Connor, Howard R. 'Skip' Elliott, Joseph Kelly, John D. Rockefeller IV, Maria Cantwell, and Amy Klobuchar.

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S. Hrg. 111-961; Senate Hearing 111-961
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