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5/19/2003



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Los Angeles County MTA receives federal security funding


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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently granted $4.57 million to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LAMTA) to reinforce existing security efforts and invest in new terrorism-prevention measures.



The funds must be used to install barriers, monitoring systems, motion detectors, thermal/infrared imagery, chemical/radiological material systems and communication systems; develop prevention planning, training and exercises; or cover expenses incurred during the January-to-April "orange" alert.



The department grant was distributed as part of a $700 million urban-area grant program. The allocation included $65 million for 20 transit agencies in the country.



LAMTA has requested an additional $11.4 million in security funding from Congress as part of the federal fiscal-year 2004 appropriations bill.


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