BART Awarded, Grateful for $8.7M in Federal Security Funds

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On Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded BART $8,798,769 for two security projects after a competitive selection process.

BART received the highest award amount in California and the fifth highest in the country, and as such is extraordinarily grateful to the California congressional delegation, especially Congressman Eric Swalwell and Leader Nancy Pelosi, and to the Department of Homeland Security for backing security projects at BART year after year.

BART also thanks former DHS Secretary John Kelly and acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke for their role in securing these funds.

$7,500,000 of the total will go toward projects protecting the Transbay Tube, with the remaining $1,298,769 allocated to BART’s Critical Asset Patrol Teams. These teams consist of one sergeant and seven officers assigned to protect the Critical Asset Corridor, the passageway linking San Francisco and Oakland containing both critical infrastructure and high volumes of passenger traffic at predictable times.

In FY 2017, the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) provided $88,000,000 to the Nation’s high-threat Urban Areas for enhancement of security measures at critical transit infrastructure including bus, ferry, and rail systems.

The intent of the FY 2017 TSGP is to competitively award grant funding to assist transit systems in obtaining the resources required to harden in the face of potential threats.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Who is the oversight on this grant to ensure the money is used to harden security on critical assets?

  2. So 8 cops? Hopefully I will finally see them riding the trains and taking some of the trash to jail.

  3. Love the way BART has protected its critical assets and maintained the system this far, NOT! Zero confidence that this grant will be spent as intended. No excuse for letting BART detiorate to its current state of disrepair. Manual switching required STILL? BART hasn’t even fixed that 20 plus year problem. Still the same bums day after day ruining the cars.

  4. Love the way BART has protected its critical assets and maintained the system this far, NOT! Zero confidence that this grant will be spent as intended. No excuse for letting BART detiorate to its current state of disrepair. Manual switching required STILL? BART hasn’t even fixed that 20 plus year problem. Still the same bums day after day ruining the cars.

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