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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NFTA Honored by TSA

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has been awarded a “Gold Standard” rating by the Transportation Security Administration. It is their highest honor, and we are one of only six transit agencies to receive it this year.

The award is earned after the TSA’s Baseline Assessments, which evaluates a transit agency’s security system. This voluntary review focuses on multiple categories identified by the transit community. It includes a review of an agency’s security plans, security training, drills and exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs.

“This honor recognizes and validates the extent of their collective efforts,” Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel said. “I am extremely proud of our dedicated team who work each day to ensure our Metro transit system and facilities are safe and secure for our customers and employees.” TSA Administrator John S. Pistole said, “These agencies are to be commended for their commitment and hard work that this level of achievement requires and for their continued dedication to ensure the security of travelers nationwide.”

The BASE program was developed to increase domain awareness, enhance prevention and protection capabilities and further response preparedness of transit systems nationwide. BASE is aimed at meeting the requirements in the 9/11 Commission Act’s security assessment section, which directs TSA to identify critical assets, infrastructure and systems and their vulnerabilities and assist bus and public transportation authorities to address their security programs.