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4/9/2009



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DHS allocates another $388 million for transit security grant program


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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced the final allocations for fiscal-year 2009 preparedness grants for 10 federal programs, which total about $970 million.

DHS has allocated $388.6 million for the Transit Security Grant Program, including $25 million for Amtrak to protect "critical infrastructure," according to a prepared statement. The transit program includes $15 million under the Freight Rail Security Grant Program, which can be used to develop security plans, conduct vulnerability assessments, train employees and install GPS tracking systems for rail cars transporting Toxic by Inhalation materials.

DHS also will allocate $388.6 million for the Port Security Grant Program. Funds will be awarded this summer.

Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced the New York City area will receive about $200 million of the security funds. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive $153.3 million for transit security. PANYNJ also will receive $45 million under the port security program.


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