TSA Commends Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- May 24, 2014
TSA has commended the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and five other rail and mass transit agencies from across the nation for earning TSA’s highest rating of “Gold Standard” on their 2013 Baseline Assessments for Security Enhancement (BASE) for their dedication to building a strong security program.
BASE was designed to establish a security standard for individual system security programs and assess progress. This voluntary, comprehensive review of transit agency security programs focuses on multiple categories identified by the transit community as fundamentals for a sound transit security program. They include a review of topics such as an agency’s security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs. The BASE program analyzes the security program for each transit system and identifies opportunities to further enhance security.
“The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is to be commended for its commitment and hard work that this level of achievement requires and for the agency’s continued dedication to ensure the security of travelers in the region,” said TSA Federal Security Director Brian Johansson. “Ensuring the security of the passengers who ride the buses, trains, paratransit vehicles and trolleys goes beyond those who work in law enforcement and security. It includes the dedication of all 1,500 employees of NFTA.”
NFTA was reviewed in 2013 and attained high scores across all categories. TSA considered this caliber of performance as reaching a “Gold Standard” and recognized NFTA for having a strong security program. TSA continues to work with all transit agencies across the country to develop and implement robust security practices system-wide.
Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.