Acts of anti-terrorism

News AASHTO Journal October 03, 2001
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American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) President Dean Carlson has established a Task Force o

American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) President Dean Carlson has established a Task Force on Transportation Security to address issues of security and emergency preparedness relating to bridges, tunnels and other facilities critical to the highway transportation system.


The Task Force on Transportation Security will share information and advise member departments and AASHTO on appropriate actions with regard to the following areas:

* The vulnerability of the highway transportation assets and possible enhancements of the security of these assets;


* Possible enhancement guidelines for emergency response plans for highway transportation; and


* Coordination with the U.S. Transportation Command, especially the Military Traffic Management Command for military mobilization.

There will be a security briefing titled "Protecting Public Surface Transportation Against Terrorism and Serious Crime" focused on highway and public transit facilities in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30. The program will be sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and co-sponsored by AASHTO, the American Public Transportation Association and the California Department of Transportation.


The program will feature reports from the Mineta Transportation Institute based on security studies they have performed over the years. The reports will focus on security assessments and mitigation as well as emergency response/preparedness. Additional presentations will be made by various security organizations and transportation departments or transit operators.


The Civil Engineering Research Foundation will be holding a special two-day briefing on infrastructure security as part of their regular Corporate Advisory Board meeting. They will have special panel presentations covering building security, dams and drinking water security, and critical public infrastructure, including transportation. The program will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott on Oct. 23-24.


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