August 27, 2013 > Rep. Swalwell announces funding for BART security upgrades
Rep. Swalwell announces funding for BART security upgrades
Submitted By Allison Bormel
U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) announced August 23, 2013 that the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) System was awarded a FEMA transportation security grant of $12.8 million for FY2013 to secure its Transbay Tube which connects San Francisco and the East Bay and protect the system in case of a terrorist attack. Rep. Swalwell, a member of the Homeland Security Committee which has jurisdiction over FEMA funding, recently toured the Transbay Tube and led a letter signed by Bay Area Members to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging support for BART's request for transit security funding.
"Protecting our BART system means protecting its approximately 400,000 daily riders from a terrorist attack. As we saw in Boston, disaster can strike at any moment and we have to be prepared and vigilant," said Rep. Swalwell. "I am proud to have led a letter to DHS urging that BART receive the resources it needs to keep its passengers and infrastructure safe. The FEMA funding awarded today will go a long way to securing the Transbay Tube and ensuring the safety of mass transit in the Bay Area."