Higgins Announces over $5 Million in Security Grants for Western New York
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Western New York will receive over $5 million in federal 2009 preparedness funding through the US Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Infrastructure Security Program (TSGP).
“These grants provide the tools to make our transportation system safer in the event of an emergency,” said Congressman Higgins. “Local operators will benefit from increased training and resources and local residents will be better protected.”
Grants through this program focus on the areas of transit security (including freight rail and intercity passenger rail), port security, intercity bus security and trucking security.
Under the Port Security Program, the NYS Office of Homeland Security’s Buffalo operation will receive $1,464,325. The program provides funding to provide enhancements and training exercises to enhance risk management capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices, weapons of mass destruction and other non-conventional weapons.
Through the Transit Security Grant Program the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will receive $3,587,235 in federal funding. Transit Security funds are provided to urban areas to enhance security measures for their critical transit infrastructure including bus, ferry and rail systems and distributed to agencies based on risk.
The Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. (BPRR) will receive $83,450 in federal funding through the Freight Rail Security Grant Program. BPRR operates the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad on 1,100 miles of track throughout areas between Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. Major commodities transported include coal, petroleum, and forest products. Rail Security Grants provide assistance to carriers that transport security sensitive materials to or through high population density areas.
In addition to the funding coming directly to local agencies, New York State will receive $6,999,813 through the Interoperable Emergency Communication Grant Program and $1,817,719 under the Driver’s License Security Grant Program.