The Regional Transit Authority will receive the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) â€œGold Standardâ€ Award for its strong transit security program and commitment to passenger security.
The RTA is one of 13 rail and mass transit agencies recognized by TSA for receiving the highest rating on the Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) program. The â€œGold Standardâ€ is awarded by achieving the highest scores on the BASE review specific to 17 categories of security and emergency preparedness action items. The BASE assessment evaluates agenciesâ€™ security programs and identifies opportunities to further enhance them.
â€œSecurity is paramount in daily operations, and securely transporting our 55,000 daily riders where they need to go is the most important thing we do,â€ stated Salvador G. Longoria, Chairman of the RTA Board of Commissioners. He added, â€œIn 2015, RTA transported 19.6 million passengers. With enforced procedures, strict training for bus and streetcar operators, strategic communication among supervisors, transit police and the public, as well as recent upgrades to technology and real-time fleet surveillance, the RTA firmly upholds its commitment to passenger security.â€
â€œThese agencies are to be commended for their commitment and hard work that this level of achievement requires, and for their continued dedication to ensure the security of travelers nationwide,â€ said TSA Assistant Administrator Eddie Mayenschein, who oversees the Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement.
The BASE program, a voluntary comprehensive review of transit agencies, establishes a standard for individual system security programs. The program establishes fundamental categories for a sound transit security program such as security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs; assesses each transit systemâ€™s strengths and weaknesses in these categories; and assesses system progress in reaching security goals and objectives. Through the 9/11 Commission Actâ€™s security assessment section, BASE was developed to increase domain awareness and response preparedness, and enhance prevention and protection capabilities of Americaâ€™s transit systems.
Chris McKay, Industry Engagement Manager/Mass Transit and Passenger Rail, will recognize and present the â€œGold Standardâ€ award to the RTA on Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00 pm. For more information about this award and the RTA in New Orleans, visitwww.norta.com or call 504-248-3900.