Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. Announces Passage of the Securing Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Act of 2018 (H.R. 5766)

Jun 26, 2018 Issues: Infrastructure and Transportation

WASHINGTON — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), sponsor of H.R. 5766, the “Securing Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Act of 2018”, issued the following statement on yesterday’s passage of his bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:


“The Securing Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Act gives the U.S. Department of Homeland Security critical tools it needs in order to develop public-private partnerships that strengthen protections of soft targets, such as public areas of airports and rail terminals.


“In the United States and around the world, terrorists continue to target transportation systems. As heightened security has made attacks against aircrafts more difficult to carry out, terrorists have turned their attention to soft targets, such as the crowded public areas of airports and other transportation facilities. In recent years, we have seen attacks in public airport areas in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Fort Lauderdale, and last year, we witnessed an attempted bombing of a public surface transportation facility in New York City.


“Collaboration with the private sector is critical to securing soft gargets and other vulnerable heavily trafficked spaces. My bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to work with private-sector stakeholders on the development of communications, incident response, strategic planning, and other security approaches to protecting public areas. We must ensure these efforts do not fall by the wayside as other threats compete for attention.


“The Senate should swiftly take up my bill and send it to the White House in order to ensure Americans are secure in public spaces.”


Rep. Payne, Jr. is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Communications of the House Committee on Homeland Security.