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 Chairman Obey of House Committee on Appropriations on Public Transportation Security Grants in FY10 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Negotiations

 8/11/2009

The Honorable David Obey
Chairman
House Committee on Appropriations
H-218 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Obey:

On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its 1,500 member organizations, I write to express support for the inclusion of at least $356 million for public transportation security grants, when House-Senate conferees meet to consider the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Department of Homeland Security and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

When the House-Senate conference committee convenes, we urge you to support the highest level of funding possible for these critical programs. Significant needs still exist across the industry and the 9/11 Commission Act authorized $900 million for FY2010. We also urge you to maintain the House provision requiring security grants to be provided directly to transit agencies, and to include language prohibiting a local match requirement.; APTA also urges conferees to include language that would assist the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in providing support for the development of industry consensus-based, transit security standards, and in funding the continuation of the Public Transportation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (PT-ISAC).

APTA greatly appreciates the strong emphasis that both the House and Senate Committee reports place on reform of the current public transportation security grants program and generally on issues of surface transportation security. Many agencies remain frustrated with a process that has been inconsistent from year to year and fails to meet the goals and intent of the program – to provide investments in transit security in a risk-based and timely manner.

We appreciate your past support in providing financial resources for the security of our country’s public transportation infrastructure. Please have your staff contact Brian Tynan of APTA’s Government Affairs Department at (202) 496-4897 or email btynan@apta.com, if you have any questions about this matter or if we can provide any further information.

Sincerely,
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William W. Millar
President
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