Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SA-48. Transit Security Preparedness - Current Practices

Due to current events, it is extremely important that public transportation agencies effectively establish security measures to: 1) protect critical infrastructure, passengers, and employees from attacks; 2) have the infrastructure and processes in place to react/respond during events – including providing services to local law enforcement and other emergency responders; 3) supporting emergency responders after an event; and 4) effectively facilitate continuity of operations. The objective of this synthesis is to identify current practices transit systems utilize to enhance their security measures. The study will include an explanation that helps transit agencies understand the importance of system security regardless of the size of the system. The synthesis will seek to identify narratives, current practices and lessons learned in the areas of transit security and supply examples and techniques use by transit to improve their security, such as methods that allow both employees and transit riders to report suspicious activities, and effective preparation activities, such as community and agency drills and tabletop exercises. The synthesis will identify opportunities to apply security technology applications used in other industries, to the transit environment. Information will be gathered by literature review, and a survey of relevant transit systems that have implemented measures to improve of transit safety. Five case examples that will identify programs and projects within the public transportation industry that have been structured to reduce the risks to systems will also be included in the synthesis. These should highlight successes, challenges and lessons learned. Gaps in information and future research needs will also be covered.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SA-48

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Start Date: 20180806
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01673588
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SA-48
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2018 3:03PM