DHS S&T, in partnership with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, will conduct tests in a real-world environment to determine the most effective measures to reduce the spread of viruses on public transit.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is tapping a high-tech approach developed by the DHS S&T Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA) at Rutgers to enable safer crowd movement during emergencies and other events. The CVADA-Rutgers research team uses a combination of mathematical modeling and LiDAR (light and radar) to determine the best way to manage rush-hour crowds and bus schedules—including emergency evacuations— before, during, and after PANYNJ’s major reconstruction and rehabilitation construction projects.
Surface transportation such as subway systems can be a unique security challenge due to the large crowds of travelers and the open, unstructured environment. Public safety officials (including mass transit operators, mass transit police, and state and federal law enforcement teams) need a capability to detect potential threat items on persons and in bags without negatively impacting the speed of travel. S&T is developing technology to meet this challenge with the Surface Transportation Explosive Threat Detection Program, helping provide a layered, integrated capability to detect and mitigate the explosive threat at the speed of the traveling public.
Written testimony of TSA for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications hearing titled “Protecting our Passengers: Perspectives on Securing Surface Transportation in New Jersey and New York”
Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement Surface Division Director Sonya Proctor addresses TSA’s role in surface transportation security.
Written testimony of TSA Administrator for a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled “Surface Transportation Security: Protecting Passengers and Freight”
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger addresses his vision for TSA’s role in surface transportation security.
The Surface Transportation Explosive Threat Detection Program’s goal is to provide the surface transportation end-user community with a layered and integrated capability to safely detect potential threat items in unstructured crowds, while maintaining individual privacy.