“These federal funds are critical in helping BART pay for needed enhancements to our existing robust security system which protects us from potential vulnerabilities,” BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said. “The funds will be combined with state and local money to protect the Transbay Tube and the riders who travel through it daily.”
The money also helps fund BART’s Critical Asset Patrol Teams who provide high visibility police presence in the core of the system. The team is made up of eight highly trained personnel who specialize in anti-terrorism prevention and detection.
BART’s Congressional Delegation, including Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Representatives Eric Swalwell, Barbara Lee, Mike Honda, Jackie Speier, Zoe Lofgren, and George Miller supported BART’s request to the Department of Homeland Security and played a role in securing the funds which will help protect their constituents who ride BART.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “In awarding this grant to BART, I applaud the Department of Homeland Security for providing critical resources to assist in maintaining the security and emergency preparedness of the San Francisco Bay area.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell said, “I am proud to have led a letter to Department of Homeland Security urging that BART receive the resources it needs to keep its passengers and infrastructure safe. The funding awarded today will go a long way to securing the Transbay Tube and ensuring the safety of mass transit in the Bay Area.”
The Department of Homeland Security issues transit security grants to provide funds to transit systems to protect critical transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from potential acts of terrorism.