May 29--RENSSELAER -- The Capital District Transportation Authority was one of six rail and mass transit agencies nationally honored by the Transportation Security Administration for its security program. CDTA officials received the TSA's Gold Standard 2013 Baseline Assessments for Security Enhancement award during the transit authority's board meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Rensselaer rail station, which CDTA operates.
"The Capital District 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 Capital Region," said TSA Federal Security Director Brian Johansson. "As the CDTA CEO, Carm Basile is focused on security, but in reality we know the entire workforce of the transportation authority has to be focused on the security of its passengers to achieve this standard of excellence."
TSA's review of the CDTA last year produced high scores in all categories, the TSA said.
Other agencies receiving the Gold Standard in 2013 include: Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo; Sound Transit in Seattle; Hampton Roads Transit in Virginia; South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail in Pompano, Fla.; and Valley Metro in Phoenix. Thirty-seven other agencies have previously earned the Gold Standard award since 2010.
BASE is aimed at meeting the requirements in the 9/11 Commission Act's security assessment section, where TSA identifies critical assets, infrastructure and systems and their vulnerabilities and assists bus and public transportation authorities.
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