WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today a $1,150,000 grant to the Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver to provide video surveillance equipment at existing light rail stations. Since 2003, DHS has provided approximately $3,200,119 to Denver through grants and equipment transfer programs administered by the Department’s Office of Grants and Training.
These awards are part of $136 million in grants to cities across the nation to protect transit systems and the traveling public. The Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), which is part of the department’s Infrastructure Protection Program (IPP), strengthens the nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies that could impact this country’s critical infrastructure.
“These awards bolster our nation’s ability to protect and secure important critical infrastructure sectors, particularly rail, bus and ferry systems,” said DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman. “The two-tiered approach used this year ensures that transit systems with the highest risk receive the greatest amount of funding.”
RTD plans to use these funds along with $2.1 million in existing RTD funds to install video surveillance equipment at heavily used existing light rail stations.
“RTD has long been proactive in committing to security infrastructure, and this grant allows us to further enhance security at our existing light rail stations to continue our mission in providing a safe transit system,” said RTD General Manager Cal Marsella.
The TSGP utilizes a two-tiered, risk-based approach that focuses on high risk and high consequence transit systems. In July, DHS announced $123 million in funding to Tier 1 urban areas, which are comprised of high passenger density and rail systems with significant infrastructures, such as underwater tunnels and stations and ferry systems. Urban areas that received funds in previous years, but were not eligible in Tier 1, qualified to apply and compete for TSGP Tier 2 funds.
TSGP Tier 2 allocations, totaling $13 million, place a strong emphasis on the prevention and detection of Improvised Explosive Devices. Eligible Tier 2 transit systems were also permitted to focus on other priorities, including emergency drills, employee training, and public awareness programs that support overall system preparedness.
This year, nearly $400 million has been allocated for IPP programs.
Infrastructure protection grants considered threat, vulnerability and consequences, and recognize the unique characteristics of our nation’s seaports, transit systems and other critical infrastructure assets. Since its inception, the IPP has awarded more than $1.5 billion to critical infrastructure sectors.
For information on allocations, please visit www.dhs.gov.