TSA commends the Denver Regional Transportation District for highest security levels

Local Press Release
Friday, April 1, 2016

DENVER – The Transportation Security Administration has commended the Denver Regional Transportation District for their dedication to building a strong security program and earning TSA’s highest rating of “Gold Standard” on their 2015 Baseline Assessments.

In a ceremony at Denver Regional Transportation District headquarters in downtown Denver, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger presented the award to Denver Regional Transportation District General Manager and CEO Dave Genova and Denver Regional Transportation District Transit Police Chief John Tarbert.

“I congratulate the Denver Regional Transportation District for their strong commitment and the hard work essential to this level of achievement, and I commend them for their continued dedication to ensuring the safety and security of travelers in and around Denver,” said TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger.

The BASE program was developed to increase domain awareness, enhance prevention and protection capabilities, and further response preparedness of transit systems. This voluntary comprehensive review focuses on multiple categories identified by the transit community as fundamentals for a sound transit security program. They include a review of topics such as an agency’s security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs.

The Denver Regional Transportation District attained high scores across all categories, reaching the “Gold Standard” for security programs.

"We are honored that TSA has recognized our Transit Police and security force's efforts with their highest rating," said Dave Genova, Denver Regional Transportation District general manager and CEO. "Safety and security is Denver Regional Transportation District’s top priority and we will continue to run a robust transit security program to keep our passengers and the community safe."

BASE is aimed at meeting the requirements in the 9/11 Commission Act's security assessment section, which directs TSA to identify critical assets, infrastructure and systems and their vulnerabilities and assist bus and public transportation authorities to address their security programs. TSA continues to work with transit agencies across the country to implement robust security practices.