Freight Rail Security: Actions Have Been Taken to Enhance Security, But the Federal Strategy Can be Strengthened and Security Efforts Better Monitored

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DIANE Publishing, 2009 - 129 pages
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An attack on the U.S. freight rail system could be catastrophic because rail cars carrying highly toxic materials often traverse densely populated urban areas. The Transportation Security Admin. (TSA) is the fed. entity primarily responsible for securing freight rail. This report assesses the status of efforts to secure this system. This report discusses: (1) stakeholder efforts to assess risks to the freight rail system and TSA's dev┐t. of a risk-based security strategy; (2) actions stakeholders have taken to secure the system since 2001, TSA's efforts to monitor and assess their effectiveness, and any challenges to implementing future actions; and (3) the extent to which stakeholders have coordinated efforts. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.

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