400 Seventh St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590
October 2, 2001
I have recently had the
opportunity to talk with our friends and colleagues who provide public
transportation in the New York and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas.
These outstanding public servants have overcome incredible challenges
since the devastation of September 11th, and I know you join
me in expressing both our deepest sympathy for the personal tragedies
they have endured and our pride in the superb response they have
mounted. Despite tremendous demands on their time, they were generous
enough to share with me some of their own "lessons learned" from this
experience. I have attached a summary of their recommendations (Attachment
A) for your use and information.
While it would be comforting to
think that these will be isolated events, we all know that each and
every one of us must prepare for the worst. Many of you have already
begun to re-think your security and emergency response plans, and others
are creating such plans for the first time. Regardless of the category
in which you may find yourself, we at the Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) are prepared to assist you.
FTA is arranging to have
professional security experts conduct security assessments of the 100
largest transit systems. Those who fall into this group will be
contacted regarding the assessment schedule. These assessments are
intended to help you identify security threats and develop practical
solutions to the concerns that are raised.
In addition, we will be
offering two-day, cost-free security awareness and training workshops
across the country. If you are interested in attending a workshop,
please either email Jennifer Whalley at
firstname.lastname@example.org or fax
the attached information request form (Attachment
B) to (617) 494-2569, so that we can determine your scheduling
In the meantime, to help you
begin or enhance your security efforts, we are compiling a Safety and
Security Tool Kit for your use. We expect to be able to mail these kits
to you next week. The kit will include:
- FTA Services and
- Practical Security and
Emergency Response Advice from New York and Washington
- An Overview of FTA’s
Security Assessment Services
- Key Transit Security
- TCRP Synthesis Reports
- TCRP Synthesis 21:
Improving Transit Security
- TCRP Synthesis 27:
Emergency Preparedness for Transit Terrorism
- Sample Materials to Increase
Public Awareness about Safety and Security
- Resource Guides
- Key Intelligent
Transportation System Publications
I hope that having these
materials at your fingertips will be helpful now and in the future.
However, in order to better understand and respond to the
security-related needs of the transit provider community, we need your
First, it is imperative that
all security incident reports be submitted on a timely basis. These
reports are important to identify patterns and potential threats to
transit systems throughout the nation. To report any security incident,
please call the National Response Center on 1-800-424-8802; the Center
is staffed 24-hours a day.
Second, we would appreciate
your help in completing a voluntary survey of security and emergency
preparedness planning and practices. The survey (Attachment
C) can be completed on-line at [http://ftateamweb.fta.dot.gov/SecuritySurvey],
or mailed to the Federal Transit Administration, Office of Safety &
Security, 400 7th Street SW, Room 9305, Washington, DC 20590,
Attention: Security Surveys. We will use your responses to identify
technical assistance needs and develop more targeted programs.
Please know that your continued
commitment and vigilance is truly appreciated by your colleagues at FTA
and, certainly, by the people you serve every day. You are the key to
keeping our communities safe and moving.
|Jennifer L. Dorn
Practical Security and Emergency
Response Advice from New York and Washington D.C.
Transit Security Seminars
Security and Emergency
Management Readiness Assessment Survey