May 8, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán introduced legislation to improve security at our nation’s airports, railways and mass transit systems. The Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act, H.R. 2539, would reduce emergency response times by putting more federal law enforcement officers and resources near high-risk surface transportation assets, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The bill would also provide new terrorism-focused training, and improve cooperation between federal, State and local law enforcement partners by establishing a framework for unified operation centers.
“Transit systems are the lifeline to our communities, providing mobility to millions of Americans traveling every day,” said Rep. Barragán. “Often the hardest to protect, commuter rail, buses and airports are well-known targets for terrorists. This bill is critical for providing the necessary resources to keep our transit systems, and all those who use them, safe and secure.”
A section of H.R. 2539 was signed into law last year as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act, H.R. 302.