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TSA Commends 13 Agencies for Highest Security Levels

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently recognized 13 U.S. public transit agencies for earning its highest rating of “Gold Standard” on their 2015 Baseline Assessments for Security Enhancement (BASE) for building strong security programs.

The agencies, which attained high scores across all categories, are Amtrak; the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus; Denver’s Regional Transportation District; Metro Transit, Minneapolis-St. Paul; Miami-Dade Transit; MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA New York City Transit; New Orleans Regional Transit Authority; North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA; Pace Suburban Bus Division, Arlington Heights, IL; Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation; Port Authority Transit Corporation, Lindenwold, NJ; and Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

The BASE program establishes a security standard for individual system security programs and assesses progress. This voluntary comprehensive review of public transit agency security programs focuses on such topics such as security plans, training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs.
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