DHS distributes $253M for transit security

Money will pay for equipment and training

The Homeland Security Department today announced that $253 million in grants is available to high-risk metropolitan transit systems under the Transit Security Grant Program.

The money is assigned for equipment and training, which in recent years has included information technology items such as perimeter security systems, surveillance systems and interoperable communications.

The grant awards are part of Congress’ annual appropriations for preparedness and critical asset protection.

“This year’s guidance focuses on maximizing efficiency while prioritizing risk in awarding grants to strengthen our nation’s transportation security,” DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement.

Eligible recipients include owners and operators of bus, ferry and passenger rail systems. Applications are due Feb. 18.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Tue, Dec 15, 2009

is this the price of local jurisdictions turning over contol of local transit assets to the Fed? A current senate bill is being voted on as this money is released back to the people who were taxed for it. Just like the 100 million the Female Representative got to pass the Health Care reform through the House. Is America and it's Citizens and Asstes for sale for purchase by big government for such low prices? $253M and $100M can't we just put it out to auction? I'm sure the Chinese or the Saudis will pay more and it won't cost us our taxes!

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