BART gets $14 million in grants

April 11, 2009 2:11:53 PM PDT
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it has allocated BART with more than $14 million in security grants, about $8 million to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and about $2 million to Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District.

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The amounts were released Wednesday and they fund a range of preparedness activities such as strengthening infrastructure against explosive attacks, preparedness, planning, equipment purchase, training, exercises, security management and administration costs, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The transit agencies had to apply for the grants by late January, and BART received the most money in the Bay Area.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said he could not talk specifics about the federally funded programs they applied for because he did not want to jeopardize them. Allison did say the $14,235,223 will fund four counter-terrorism projects, including "hardening the critical infrastructure" and "specifically designed patrol on counter-terrorism."

Other Bay Area transit grants include more than $3 million to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, $100,000 to Transbay Joint Powers Authority and $700,000 to Altamont Commuter Express.

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