NFTA recognized with TSA Gold Standard Award

April 10, 2023
NFTA is one of four transit agencies to earn the distinction, which recognizes excellence in transit safety and security.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) earned a Gold Standard Award for transit safety and security from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). NFTA was recognized and presented with a plaque marking the achievement on April 6.

“This Gold Standard Award symbolizes NFTA’s commitment to its passengers, its adherence to core principles and its leadership in mass transit security,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske, who was in Buffalo, N.Y., to present the award. “We are proud partners with NFTA, and we are pleased to recognize them for their continued commitment to transportation security.”

TSA selects a number of agencies for evaluation through its Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) program every year and then recognizes the highest scoring agencies with a Gold Standard Award. TSA reviewed 108 transit agencies during the most recent round of BASE evaluations and recognized four with Gold Standard Awards. Last week, Jacksonville Transportation Authority received its award for the same achievement. Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and Sacramento Regional Transit District were the additional agencies to earn the distinction.

TSA’s evaluation encompasses 17 categories of security and emergency preparedness elements, including an agency’s security plan, procedures and practices, as well as its security training, testing, drills and exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check procedures.

“We are so proud to receive the TSA Gold Standard Award,” said NFTA Executive Director Kim Minkel. “This serves as a testament towards our commitment to the safety of our riders and community. Everyone in the organization is dedicated to the highest standard of safety and security.”

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.