Incorporating Transportation Security Awareness into Routine State DOT Operations and Training

Effective transportation security requires a culture of security awareness akin to the culture of safety awareness. A security culture, like a safety culture, extends from the front line worker to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a transportation agency. Safety awareness programs repeatedly provide concise, memorable messages that can be delivered in many clever ways (e.g., use your seatbelt/buckle-up, don't drink and drive, don't be a distracted driver). Such safety awareness programs are most effective when they reinforce training. For transportation security, there are awareness programs such as Transit Watch and First Observer that reinforce the message, "If you see something, say something." For the most part, however, these messages and training programs stand alone; they are not incorporated into routine training for new hires nor are they incorporated into routine re-training. Security awareness is needed for every person working in transportation, whether they are a planner who could be "designing in" security, a snow plow operator who can spot suspicious activities or materials, or a CEO who can continuously reinforce the message that safety and security are the highest priorities for the organization. Some transportation agencies have expressed the need for increased funding for transportation security training, especially since security training has not yet been mainstreamed into their budgeting and planning processes. Meanwhile, routine training for operations has already been mainstreamed and accepted by management as one of the essential components of providing transportation services and managing transportation systems. By incorporating security training modules into routine operations training, synergies may be capitalized upon and cost savings may be generated. More importantly, security training that may not have been implemented can be realized. The objective of this research is to develop a guide for incorporating transportation security awareness into routine state departments of transportation (DOT) operations and training.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59(43)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Countermeasures Assessment & Security Experts, LLC

    527 Cooper Street, Suite 305
    Camden, NJ  United States  08102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Western, Jeffrey

  • Start Date: 20120620
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37930

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545907
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59(43)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 27 2014 1:01AM