2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORT OF INCREASED FUNDING FOR SECURITY AND OPERATIONS OF PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEMS

†††† WHEREAS, the Administration and Congress have allocated significant federal resources in making the nationís airport facilities safer and less vulnerable to terrorist attacks; and

†††† WHEREAS, 16 times more Americans ride on public transportation each day than on domestic airlines, but there is no funding (line item) in the Administration's FY05 budget for transit security, while there is $5.3 billion for aviation security; and

†††† WHEREAS, the Senate Banking Committee recently approved a mark-up of the Public Transportation Terrorism Prevention Act, which authorizes $5.2 billion for funding of transit security initiatives directly to public transportation systems beginning in fiscal year 2005; and

†††† WHEREAS, safety and security is the top priority of the public transportation industry. Since September 11, 2001, the industry has spent $1.7 billion from its own resources to fund security initiatives, many of which are from directives issued by the Administration and Congress. The increasing burden to respond to security directives requires funds from the federal government; and

†††† WHEREAS, public transportation systems need additional federal funding for the ongoing cost of staffing for increased security planning, surveillance, patrols and response to alert notifications; for the development and delivery of internal security programs; for participation in established security programs external to transit agencies; internal and inter-agency emergency preparedness drills; and for national and regional security workshops/symposiums through government, industry and partnered initiatives,

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the Administration and Congress to provide federal funding immediately and directly to transit agencies and local authorities and for the Administration to include a line item in the budget for transit security.