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Author: Nabajyoti Barkakati
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: protect, passenger, rail, technologies, detection, assessment, explosives, technology
Number of Pages: 73
Published: 2010-11
ISBN-10: 1437937055
ISBN-13: 9781437937053

Passenger rail systems are vital to the nation's transportation infrastructure, providing approximately 14 million passenger trips each weekday. Recent terrorist attacks on these systems around the world highlight the vulnerability of these systems. The Transportation Security Admin. is the primary federal entity responsible for securing passenger rail systems. This technology assessment reviewed: (1) the availability of explosives detection technologies and their ability to help secure the passenger rail environment; and (2) key operational and policy factors that impact the role of explosive

Author: Norman J. Rabkin
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: security, needed, prioritize, guide, coordination, efforts, enhanced, rail, federal, strategy, passenger
Number of Pages: 28
Published: 2007-08-01
ISBN-10: 1422314758
ISBN-13: 9781422314753

The four rail attacks in Europe & Asia since 2004, including the most recent in India, highlight the vulnerability of passenger rail & other surface transportation systems to terrorist attack & demonstrate the need for greater focus on securing these systems. This testimony is based primarily on a Sept. 2005 passenger rail security report & selected recent program updates. It addresses: (1) the extent to which the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has assessed the risks facing the U.S. passenger rail system & developed a strategy based on risk assessments for securing all modes of transportatio

Author: Cathleen A. Berrick
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: security, prioritize, guide, needed, efforts, federal, rail, enhanced, passenger, leadership
Number of Pages: 154
Published: 2006-03-01
ISBN-10: 1422304337
ISBN-13: 9781422304334

The U.S. passenger rail system is a vital component of the nation's transportation infrastructure, carrying more than 11 million passengers each weekday. The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) & the Dept. of Transportation share responsibility for ensuring the safety & security of rail systems. This report addressed: (1) DHS actions to assess the risks to the U.S. passenger rail system in the context of prevailing risk management principles; (2) fed. actions taken to enhance the security of the U.S. passenger rail system; & (3) security practices that domestic & selected foreign passenger rail o

Author: Marion C. Blakely
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: arkansas, springs, marine, accident, report, hamilton, lake, passenger, amphibious, vehicle, miss, majestic, sinking
Number of Pages: 73
Published: 2010-11
ISBN-10: 1437937292
ISBN-13: 9781437937299

Discusses the sinking of the amphibious passenger vehicle żMiss Majesticż during an excursion tour of Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, AR, on May 1, 1999. Of the 21 people on board, 13 passengers, incl. 3 children, died. The investigation identified these safety issues: vehicle maint., Coast Guard inspections, and inspection guidance, reserve buoyancy, and survivability. The author investigated two other accidents involving amphibious passenger vehicles, which are included here: (1) the Sept. 18, 2000, sinking of the Minnow, a 21-foot-long Alvis Stalwart-type amphibious passenger vehicle in t

Author: William J. Krouse
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: passenger, prescreening, air, checks, watchlist, terrorist
Number of Pages: 34
Published: 2010-10
ISBN-10: 1437927831
ISBN-13: 9781437927832

Contents: (1) Introduction; (2) Background: HSPD-6 and Terrorist Screening: NCTC and Terrorist Ident.; TSC and Terrorist Watch-Listing and Screening; (3) CBP and TSA and International Air Passenger Pre-screening: CBP and Advanced Passenger Info. System (APIS); APIS Pre-departure/Pre-arrival Final Rule; (4) TSA żNo Flyż and żAutomatic Selecteeż Watchlists; Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS); CAPPS and Checked Baggage Screening; CAPPS and Passenger Screening at Airport Security Checkpoints; TSA Secure Flight Program; (5) Misidentifications: Disclosure Under FOIA and Priv

Author: Gregory D. Kutz
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: payers, tax, millions, commercial, airlines, cost, annually, travel, passenger, aircraft, services, nasa
Number of Pages: 48
Published: 2006-03-01
ISBN-10: 1422304175
ISBN-13: 9781422304174

Since its creation, NASA has operated passenger aircraft services. While the majority of NASA air travel is on commercial airlines, NASA employees took at least 1,188 flights using NASA passenger aircraft services during FY 2003 & 2004. These operations have been questioned in several prior audit reports. The GAO was asked to perform a series of audits of NASA's controls to prevent fraud, waste, & abuse of taxpayer money. This audit assesses: the relative cost of NASA passenger aircraft services in comparison with commercial costs; whether NASA aircraft services were retained & operated in acc

Author: Susan A. Fleming
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: investment, industry, federal, oversight, plans, increased, prospects, learning, rail, service, start, ups, speed
Number of Pages: 40
Published: 2010-10
ISBN-10: 1437935192
ISBN-13: 9781437935196

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) and subsequent appropriations have dramatically increased federal funds available for high speed intercity passenger rail from $120 million in FY 2008 and FY 2009 combined to $10.5 billion available in FY 2010. Other issues, such as developing industry capacity to supply rail equipment and fostering multiyear public support for such systems must be resolved. This report reviewed: (1) how states started or improved passenger rail services in the recent past; (2) rail industry plans to accommodate the increased passenger rail investments;
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