Thursday, November 03, 2005

California Security for Transit Faulty?

SACRAMENTO - California's transit agencies - including Los Angeles' MTA - are throwing too much of their scarce federal funding into preventing a hard-to-stop terrorist attack and too little toward preparing for an attack's aftermath, according to an analysis by security experts.
In a review of six major transit agencies' spending of $15.5 million in federal funds over the past two years, top U.S. and British counterterrorism analysts said more should be spent on emergency-response plans - primarily because it's nearly impossible to fully secure big-city transit systems with thousands of riders.
"I was surprised there was so little emphasis on the response and recovery plan," said Magnus Ranstorp, a counterterrorism researcher at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. "It's sort of a smorgasbord approach. I'm not sure some of the money is well spent or well thought out to be efficient." (more)