What is the Intent of the Rule?

The purpose of this rule is to solidify the baseline of security for higher risk surface transportation operations by improving and sustaining the preparedness of surface transportation employees in higher-risk operations, including their critical capability to prepare, observe, assess and respond to security risks and potential security breaches within their unique working environment.

In order to ensure effective communication regarding threats (both to regulated parties and from regulated parties), TSA also is expanding applicability of current security reporting requirements for rail operations to include bus operations within the scope of the regulation’s applicability. This expansion requires higher risk owner/operators of these bus operations to identify security coordinators and report significant security concerns to TSA. These security measures will enhance TSA’s ability to recognize potential security trends and communicate directly with individuals within higher risk operations that have direct responsibility for security.