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FreightWaves is reporting a new rule has been issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that requires railroaders involved in operations that pose a higher-than-average risk to public safety to be trained to be alert to and respond to terrorist threats. The rule goes into effect on June 22, and a summary of the rule is found in the Federal Register:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is requiring owner/operators of higher-risk freight railroad carriers, public transportation agencies (including rail mass transit and bus systems), passenger railroad carriers, and over-the-road bus companies, to provide TSA-approved security training to employees performing security-sensitive functions. The training curriculum must teach employees how to observe, assess, and respond to terrorist-related threats and/or incidents. Additionally, TSA is expanding its requirements for security coordinators and reporting of significant security concerns (currently limited to rail operations) to include bus operations within the scope of the regulation’s applicability. TSA is amending other provisions of its regulations, as necessary, to implement these requirements.
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