Developing and Updating Security Plans: A Pilot Course for Rural and Community-based Public Transportation Systems

Rural, small urban, and community based public transportation agencies face many of the same security concerns as other service sector enterprises. Transit employees may experience workplace violence or spillovers of domestic violence, and there is a risk of domestic or international terrorism. Beyond the immediate trauma, intentional harm to an employee, a destroyed vehicle, or a vandalized facility can be very disruptive to operations and emotionally disturbing to employees and riders. Consequently, transit systems must have a plan to identify and to eliminate the risk or minimize the loss. Rural, small urban, and community based public transportation systems do not generally have adequate staffing and funding resources to develop and apply the type of system security plans that may be generated and used in larger urban areas. Where the larger systems are well-served by the FTA System Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide, the template presented in that Guide (attached as SAMPLE SEPP Plan.doc) needs to be modified to meet the everyday security needs and resources of rural, small urban, and community-based systems. These industry segments need basic and realistic templates to be used in developing customized security plans, combined with effective training tools. Template in this context means a tool or tools that will allow the plan preparer to fill in the blanks. The objectives of this research are to develop a security planning template and to design training for developing security plans and integrating those plans into the routine transit operations of rural, small urban, and community-based public transportation systems.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-10D

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    AECOM Consulting Transportation Group

    2751 Prosperity Avenue
    Suite 300
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Maier, Pat

    Schauer, Peter

    Baker, Scott

  • Start Date: 20040504
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20051008
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11717

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460586
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transit Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-10D
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:28PM