Anytime I have an excuse to put up a picture of a blown-up transit vehicle (hey, it’s cautionary, not morbid)…
AP Photo / Press Trust of India
U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher (D-Walnut Creek) got some folks at BART all excited today (as if Spare the Air 5 on Thursday isn’t enough) with the news that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had passed the Public Transportation Security Assistance Act, which would grant $3.4 billion over three years to transit systems based on risk, rather than whose Congressional district the system happens to serve.
“Recent reports that al-Qaeda operatives had planned to attack New York Citys subway system and the recent attack in India are a reminder of a troubling reality that our public transit systems are attractive targets to terrorists. Given this, transit agencies across the nation have been working diligently to improve security; however, they have been hampered by a lack of available federal funds,” she said in a press release.
The bill is far from passed and signed, but Tauscher was heaped with praise by BART for fighting the good fight, and, in theory, trying to allocate the security money based upon “risk, consequenses, vulnerability and threat.”
“I think this is probably the best thing that has happened in a long time, going away from homeland security and going directly to transportation,” said BART board member Lynette Sweet. “9-11 may have happened five years ago, but the threats still there,” said BART board member Lynette Sweet. “I want to see us buy down as much of our risk as possible.”
What I want to know is, who’s going to pay for earmuffs for Sturgeon Bay?