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

It is imperative that public transportation agencies ensure effective security practices are in place to: protect employees, passengers, and infrastructure; have processes to deter/respond to events– including coordination with the necessary public and private stakeholders; effectively facilitate continuity of operations; and fully recover from events. The objective of this synthesis is to communicate the importance of system security regardless of the size of the system and to identify current practices, their effectiveness, and security measures that transit systems can utilize.  The synthesis will gather information of current practices and security measures in the following areas: (1) Employee and Customer awareness such as methods that allow both employees and transit riders to report suspicious activities. (2) Security presence (e.g. police, employees, messaging, technology). (3) Partnerships with stakeholders both internal and external (e.g first responders, municipalities, and utilities). May include community, agency drills and tabletop exercises. (4) Crime prevention through environmental design. Information will be gathered by literature review, and a survey of relevant transit systems that have implemented measures to improve transit security. The synthesis will emphasize case examples that will identify programs and projects within the public transportation industry that have been structured to reduce the risks to systems in the areas stated above. These should highlight successes, challenges and lessons learned. Gaps in information and future research needs will also be identified.


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  • Status: Active
  • 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

  • Performing Organizations:

    Countermeasures Assessment & Security Experts

    New Castle, Delaware  United States  19720
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bye, Patricia

  • Start Date: 20181004
  • 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