Monday, August 26, 2013

BART awarded transit security funds for Transbay Tube security improvements

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) $12.8 million in Transit Security Grant Program funds to enhance security and help protect the Transbay Tube, one of BART's most critical assets.


"These federal funds are critical in helping BART pay for needed enhancements to our existing robust security system which protects us from potential vulnerabilities," said BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey. "The funds will be combined with state and local money to protect the Transbay Tube and the riders who travel through it daily."

The money also helps fund BART's Critical Asset Patrol Teams who provide high visibility police presence in the core of the system. The team is made up of eight highly-trained personnel who specialize in anti-terrorism prevention and detection.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), said, "I am proud to have led a letter to Department of Homeland Security urging that BART receive the resources it needs to keep its passengers and infrastructure safe. The funding awarded today will go a long way to securing the Transbay Tube and ensuring the safety of mass transit in the Bay Area."

The Department of Homeland Security issues Transit Security Grants to provide funds to transit systems to protect critical transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from potential acts of terrorism.

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