Securing Public Areas of Transportation Systems: Stakeholder Perspectives, Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, November 28, 2017 [open pdf - 263KB]
This is from the November 28, 2017 field hearing "Securing Public Areas of Transportation Systems: Stakeholder Perspectives," held before the Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of John Katko: "Mass transit is critical to the livelihood of many Americans and provides an integral backbone to this economy. Recent terror attacks like the one in Brussels that targeted an international air-port and a metro station have made us more cognizant than ever of the vulnerabilities in our transportation systems. Service transportation systems are a very attractive target due to their large volume of daily ridership and open infrastructure. Mass transit systems face unique challenges in screening passengers, closing resource gaps, and targeting assistance from the Department of Homeland Security. To put this into context, surface transportation modes serve over 10 billion riders annually compared to an average of 800 million U.S. aviation passengers a year. More than 12 times the number of people that fly take part in mass transit other than flying, and it is our duty to ensure that local stakeholders and law enforcement have the resources they need to keep their riders and their systems safe. The purpose of today's hearing is to assess our ability and readiness to detect and disrupt threats to our Nation's critical surface transportation systems. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses about the current threat landscape, as well as the effectiveness of established security measures." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Charles Cunningham, Thomas J. Nestel, III, Douglas Lemanowicz, and Christopher Trucillo.
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