Transportation Security

Core Goal #12 Transportation Security

Maryland’s water ports, airports, train stations, subways, and rail lines should be fully hardened against attack with permanent physical countermeasures such as CCTV, lighting and fencing, and receive regular and randomly assigned heightened attention from covert and overt patrols by local and state law enforcement. Local and mutual aid first responders should be issued specialized equipment needed to operate in these unique environments, such as radios capable of operating underground and extended life breathing apparatus, and participate in annual on-scene exercises involving likely threat scenarios.

Why is Transportation Security important?
The transportation network - air travel, roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, the waterways, ports, and railways - is one of the most vital critical infrastructure systems and has been a target of terrorist attacks around the world.  Each of these areas of transportation infrastructure requires specific and unique measures to ensure the safety of those traveling on them and for those living around them. Responsibility for securing this network cuts across jurisdictional lines and includes the development of sound evacuation plans, the deployment of CCTV to monitor major highways and busy roadways, stopped vehicle detection technologies to identify vehicles stuck in a tunnel or on a bridge, and the regular vulnerability assessment of critical infrastructure.

Governor O'Malley's Strategic Plan for Transportation Security:

12A – Maryland’s waterways, including ports and maritime facilities, should be fully hardened against attack with permanent physical countermeasures and heightened attention from patrols by local and state law enforcement.

• Provide a regularly updated vulnerability assessment of port and maritime facilities.
• Implement all necessary physical countermeasures, surveillance systems, and patrols to fully-harden maritime facilities from attack.
• Ensure that response partners have PPE and communications equipment necessary for a response in environments unique to maritime/port environments.

12B - Airports should be fully hardened against attack with permanent physical countermeasures and heightened attention from patrols by local and state law enforcement.

•Provide a regularly updated vulnerability assessment of all Maryland airports.
• Implement all necessary physical countermeasures and patrols to fully-harden airports from attack.
• Ensure that response partners have PPE and communications equipment necessary for a response in environments unique to airports.

12C – The Rail/Train System should be fully hardened against attack with permanent physical countermeasures and heightened attention from patrols by local and state law enforcement.

• Provide a regularly updated vulnerability assessment of all passenger and freight rail resources and facilities.
• Implement all necessary physical countermeasures and patrols to fully-harden the rail system from attack.
• Integrate rail system data into law enforcement, HazMat, and fire information sharing systems.
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• Ensure that response partners have PPE and communications equipment necessary for a response in environments unique to rail transit.

12D – Maryland’s highway system, including bridges and tunnels, should be fully hardened against attack with permanent physical countermeasures and heightened attention from patrols by local and state law enforcement.

• Provide a regularly updated vulnerability assessment of all bridges and tunnels.
• Implement all necessary physical countermeasures, surveillance systems, and patrols to fully-harden bridges, tunnels and key roads from attack.
• Ensure that response partners have PPE and communications equipment necessary for a response in environments unique to Maryland’s bridges and tunnels.
• Enhance cargo screening of commercial vehicles in Maryland with additional sensors, x-ray, video and other enhanced screening technologies.

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