TSA's tentacles creeping into land transportation

Discussion in 'Railways, Highways, Waterways' started by Mike, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    According to Government Security News, these were TSA's security related sanctions for a recent fiscal year (GSN doesn't seem to understand how federal fiscal years align with calendar years -- the info I've bolded in red is inconsistent/incorrect):

    The summary it made available on Feb. 15 for fiscal year 2012 (which ended on Sept. 30, 2011) indicates the following:
    • TSA has two penalties pending against CSX Transportation for alleged “rail car chain of custody” violations; one for $6,000 and another for $2,999. In addition, TSA has issued four “letters of correction” to the railroad related to problems with “rail car location and shipping information” and other chain of custody issues; and TSA has issued six separate “warning notices” to the same railroad for additional chain of custody problems. “CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation suppliers,” says the CSX Transportation’s own Website. “The company’s rail and intermodal businesses provide rail-based transportation services including traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers.” CSX Transportation has not yet replied to GSN’s request for a comment about TSA’s report.
    • Estevan Sanchez-Hernandez faces a pending penalty from TSA of $50,000 for his alleged violation of 49 CFR 1570.5(a), which relates to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWC) program. That section of the law prohibits “Any fraudulent or intentionally false statement in any record or report that is kept, made, or used to show compliance…” No further explanation of the violation was included in TSA’s summary document.
    • The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, was issued a warning notice and a notice of non-compliance for what TSA termed “reporting significant security concerns.” No penalties were attached to these two notices, according to the TSA summary.
    • Also included in TSA’s report were indications that actions (but no penalties) were taken against such railroads as Northern Southern Corp.; Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway; Union Pacific Railroad; Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.; Kansas City Southern Rwy Co.; Florida East Coast Rwy Co.; Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad; and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

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