7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

Transit worker IDs to be tested

(The following article by Bryon Okada was posted on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website on May 14.)

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is seeking management companies to test the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, a smart card that all transportation workers -- airport, seaport, rail, pipeline, trucking, mass transit -- must carry.

The cards will use biometric information, such as fingerprints, and will allow the federal government to send out targeted threat alerts to individual facilities.

Once the program is in place, a transportation worker cannot have unescorted access to secure areas without a card.

"This technology will not only improve security by keeping known terrorists away from vulnerable areas, but it also enhances the flow of commerce and protects individual privacy," David Stone, acting head of the Transportation Security Administration, said in a statement Wednesday.

The TSA will look only at companies that are approved vendors of smart-card technologies. They will be selected through the General Services Administration's Smart Access Common ID Card contract.

The prototype phase will be conducted with as many as 200,000 workers in Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.; the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif.; and the 14 major port facilities in Florida. Eventually, about 12 million workers are expected to be required to carry the card.

The TSA will roll out the cards nationwide after a seven-month test and a review.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2018 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

AAR reports rail traffic for week ending December 8, 2018
California legislators call on Amtrak to stop union-busting plan in Riverside
Amtrak’s call center workforce deserves better
Airline, railroad stocks getting crushed
NJ Transit is buying new rail cars
$15.6 million railroad facility opens Des Moines to global markets
VIA Rail orders 32 trainsets from Siemens Canada
Howard Street Tunnel expansion back on as CSX returns to table with $91 million commitment
NS formally announces move to city of Atlanta
Editorial: A letter from Roanoke to Atlanta about Norfolk Southern
Opinion: A free-market ‘yes’ to Texas high-speed rail
$45 million plan announced to put overpasses over NW Indiana railroad crossings
Railroad Retirement and unemployment insurance taxes in 2019
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines