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Re: [DSR-2-DOT] Urgent need for local transit security funds

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  • Juanita Hawkins
    AMEN!!! ... From: Carl Dutch Subject: Re: [DSR-2-DOT] Urgent need for local transit security funds To: DSR-2-DOT@yahoogroups.com
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 1, 2010
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      AMEN!!!



      --- On Wed, 12/30/09, Carl Dutch <carlscomputers@...> wrote:

      From: Carl Dutch <carlscomputers@...>
      Subject: Re: [DSR-2-DOT] Urgent need for local transit security funds
      To: DSR-2-DOT@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 6:51 PM

       
      You are so correct! We are just fortunate that there has not been a major CBRNE incident involving a Public Transit Coach here in Detroit. If the people in charge of acquiring Federal Grants and/or making Homeland Security decisions at DDOT are unable, unwilling, or otherwise unqualified to do the task, then they need to be replaced! The Federal Government has mandated that Transit Security is to be given the highest priority in terms of Homeland Security, yet, there are still unguarded gates, unlocked doors, few policies/procedures in place, which potentially leaves DDOT wide open for a Terrorist attack involving a Public Transit Coach. I pray that it never happens here, but if it does, I hope the people who were responsible for making sure that the risk was minimized as much as possible will be able to sleep at night...


      --- On Wed, 12/30/09, H.B.Craig-II <hbcraig2@yahoo. com> wrote:

      From: H.B.Craig-II <hbcraig2@yahoo. com>
      Subject: [DSR-2-DOT] Urgent need for local transit security funds
      To: "\'DSR-2-DOT@ yahoogroups. com\'" <dsr-2-dot@yahoogrou ps.com>
      Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 5:27 PM

       
      In the light of what happened aboard Northwest (Delta) Airlines Flight 253 over the skies of Detroit on Christmas Day should make the recent announcement by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano more appealing and urgent for this region. Especially since terrorist suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has now put this city back on the reality map as a terrorist hit-list city. Unfortunately, here in Detroit, a major international border city, security among both its local transit agencies is almost (if not totally) non existent and long overdue.
       
      Local transit, city and regional officials should be (or should have already been) knocking down the doors in Washington to get much needed funds for public transit security for this region and should be the first in line to apply for $27,300,000 in Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) funds available for 2010.
       
      Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced... ..
       
      "...the release of application guidance for the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) totaling an estimated $253 million—funds for state, local and territorial governments and private sector entities to strengthen the nation’s transportation infrastructure and protect the traveling public from acts of terrorism and other major disasters.
       
      TSGP awards funds to owners and operators of transit systems—including intercity bus, commuter bus, ferries and all forms of passenger rail—based on their capabilities to reduce risk through training, operational deterrence, drills and public awareness activities; key critical infrastructure and asset protection; and other mitigation activities."
       
      Applications to apply for the TSGP grant funds are due Feb 18, 2010. Let's hope the Detroit area applications are already on DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's desk.
       
      For more on the recent DHS Press Release see:
       
      To view what funds could become available for DDOT, DTC and SMART see PDF file:
       

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