Canada's New Government funds another round of Transit-Secure projects



    GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced new
projects to enhance rail and transit security under Transit-Secure, the
Government of Canada's $80-million passenger rail and urban transit security
contribution program. The Minister also announced the call for applications
for the fourth round of funding under the program.
    Under round three of Transit-Secure, up to $19,067,586 will be provided
to rail and urban transit operators in some of Canada's largest urban centres.
Up to $712,500 will be provided to smaller operators to help them develop risk
assessments and comprehensive security plans.
    "Canada began to increase its focus on passenger rail and urban transit
security after the bombings in Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005. This
transportation sector continues to present unique security challenges because
of high traffic volumes and extensive, open networks," said Minister Cannon.
"We depend on partners to help us face these challenges by playing key roles
in emergency management, preparedness and response to create an effective,
efficient and secure transportation system."
    The following funding is being provided through this round: eight
operators in Quebec will receive up to $5,717,603; four operators in Ontario
will receive up to $11,850,677; one operator in Saskatchewan will receive up
to $37,500; and one operator in Alberta will receive up to $2,174,306.

    This funding will make various projects possible, such as:

    - the development of training programs;
    - the development of risk assessments and security plans; and
    - the installation and upgrade of surveillance systems.

    The application-based contribution program, launched in July 2006, is one
of the programs included in the $115 million in funding announced by
Prime Minister Harper for initial measures to enhance the security of Canada's
passenger rail and urban transit operations. The program provides direct
assistance to passenger rail and urban transit operators to implement
immediate enhancements to the security of their operations and to be better
equipped to address potential threats of terrorism. In May 2007,
Minister Cannon announced the extension of the Transit-Secure program until
March 31, 2009.
    Under the program, funding is provided on a cost-shared basis, with up to
75 per cent from the federal government and 25 per cent from the recipient.

    Details of the contribution program are available at
www.tc.gc.ca/vigilance/sep/rail/Contribution_Program/menu.htm.

    Backgrounders listing round three funding recipients and describing the
initial measures to enhance the security of Canada's passenger rail and urban
transit operations are attached.


    
                                 Backgrounder
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             FUNDING RECIPIENTS - ROUND THREE OF TRANSIT-SECURE
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    City/Province   Operator         Funding      Types of projects
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    Montreal,       Agence           $36,000      Training Video
    Quebec          métropolitaine  -----------------------------------------
                    de transport     $60,000      Computerized and physical
                    (AMT)                         access and identity control
                                                  of all employees
                                    -----------------------------------------
                                     $158,295     Radio system
                                    -----------------------------------------
                                     $180,000     Directional signage in the
                                                  Mount Royal Tunnel
                                    -----------------------------------------
                                     $228,750     Development of a
                                                  comprehensive training
                                                  program
                                    -----------------------------------------
                                     $300,000     Enhancement of Operations
                                                  and Surveillance Centre
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                    Gare Centrale    $75,000      Upgrade of back-up power
                    CN                            supply to support and
                                                  optimize the reliability of
                                                  cameras and recorders
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                    Société de       $3,605,719   Subway video surveillance
                    transport de                  system upgrade - Phase 1
                    Montréal (STM)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Gatineau,       Société de       $455,089     Installation of fencing,
    Quebec          transport de                  cameras and access control
                    l'Outaouais                   enhancements
                    (STO)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec City,    Réseau de        $225,000     Risk assessments and
    Quebec          transport de                  security plans
                    la Capitale
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Longueuil,      Réseau de        $225,000     Risk assessments and
    Quebec          transport de                  security plans
                    Longueuil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Trois-          Société de       $75,000      Risk assessments and
    Rivières,       transport de                  security plans
    Quebec          Trois-Rivières
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saguenay,       Société de       $93,750      Risk assessments and
    Quebec          transport du                  security plans
                    Saguenay
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ottawa,         OC Transpo       $451,125     Interoperability
    Ontario                                       enhancements to radio
                                                  communication systems
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto,        Toronto          $6,429,750   Expansion of subway
    Ontario         Transit                       station CCTV System
                    Commission
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                    Union Station    $2,820,975   Emergency Voice
                                                  Communication System
                                    -----------------------------------------
                                     $2,092,577   Physical security
                                                  protection enhancements
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Durham          Durham           $56,250      Risk assessments and
    Region,         Transit                       security plans
    Ontario         Commission
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prince          Prince           $37,500      Risk assessments and
    Albert,         Albert                        security plans
    Saskatchewan    Transit
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    Edmonton,       Edmonton         $470,400     Command and Control
    Alberta         Transit                       Phase I
                                    -----------------------------------------
                                     $712,766     Command and Control
                                                  Phase II
                                    -----------------------------------------
                                     $991,140     Command and Control
                                                  Phase III
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                                                              September 2007


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    INITIAL MEASURES TO ENHANCE THE SECURITY OF CANADA'S PASSENGER RAIL AND
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                           URBAN TRANSIT OPERATIONS
                           ------------------------

    Budget 2006 announced $1.4 billion in national security funding to protect
Canadian families and communities, to secure our borders and to increase
emergency preparedness, including over $250 million to continue to improve
transportation security in Canada.
    In the past six years, the Government of Canada has committed nearly
$2.4 billion to strengthen aviation security, $930 million to marine security
initiatives, and $115 million to enhance passenger rail and urban transit
security, including $80 million for Transit-Secure, a contribution program for
operators of passenger rail and transit services in Canada to improve the
security of their systems.
    The March 2004 bombings in Madrid, Spain, and the July 2005 bombings in
London, England, led Canada to focus on transportation security in high-volume
passenger transportation sectors. The passenger rail and urban transit sector
presents unique security challenges because it consists of extensive, open
systems that move high volumes of passengers daily.
    Although Transport Canada has the lead responsibility for national
transportation security, other partners play key roles with respect to
emergency management, including preparedness and response. Therefore, the
Government of Canada works together with other levels of government, as well
as industry, to create an effective and efficient security system.
    Up to $115 million was set aside for initial measures to enhance the
security of Canada's passenger rail and urban transit operations, of which
$95 million was announced in Budget 2006. The initial measures were designed
to address security priorities that have been identified by the Government of
Canada, in collaboration with its partners, to enhance security for this
sector through five complementary components:

    Transit-Secure - An application-based passenger rail and urban transit
    security contribution program

    Up to $80 million will be provided over three years for an
application-based passenger rail and urban transit security contribution
program, targeted towards the high volume passenger areas of commuter rail and
public transit, with a primary focus on major urban transit systems.
    Round one of the contribution program provided financial assistance to
high-volume commuter rail and public transit operators in six urban areas -
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, the National Capital Region, and
Montreal - to accelerate the implementation of new and enhanced security
measures based on a targeted, risk-management approach.
    The first round of funding supported the development of risk assessments
and security plans; the acquisition of security equipment to enhance emergency
communications, access control, and lighting; as well as employee training and
public awareness.
    The second round of funding supported the development of risk assessments
and security plans for other operators including inter-city passenger rail and
bus systems. Round three provided funding for large and small operators to
develop risk assessments and comprehensive security plans.
    Funding is provided on a cost-shared basis, with up to 75 per cent from
the federal government and 25 per cent from the recipient. Passenger rail and
transit operators are required to apply for the funding.

    For more information on Transit-Secure, please visit
www.tc.gc.ca/vigilance/sep/rail/Contribution_Program/menu.htm

    Enhanced Transport Canada leadership, expertise and coordination

    Up to $24 million over five years will be provided to strengthen Transport
Canada's capacity to provide passenger rail and urban transit security
leadership and expert assistance in the development of security assessments
and plans, best practices and guidelines; enhance information sharing
networks; strengthen incident tracking and trend analysis; conduct technology
research and development programs; and coordinate international and
intergovernmental efforts on passenger rail and urban transit security.

    Eligibility of domestic ferries under Transport Canada's Marine Security
    Contribution Program

    Canada's domestic ferry operators, including those that are part of public
transit systems, are eligible to apply for funding to enhance the security of
their facilities and vessels under the existing Marine Security Contribution
Program.

    For more information about the program please visit:
www.tc.gc.ca/MarineSecurity/ContributionSpecialPrograms/contribution/menu.htm

    Urban transit emergency preparedness exercises

    These measures include $8 million over four years to improve the readiness
of Canada's urban transit sector to respond to emergencies and to develop
effective contingency plans. This funding allows Public Safety Canada, in
cooperation with Transport Canada, to partner with key jurisdictions and
stakeholders to carry out complex inter-jurisdictional exercises in Vancouver,
Toronto and Montreal. These exercises will prepare officials at all levels of
government, as well as infrastructure owner-operators, law enforcement and
other first responders, to respond to a terrorist incident in the rail and
urban transit sector.

    Public Safety Portfolio Task Force

    A total of $3 million was allocated to Public Safety Canada to set up a
two-year task force to work closely with Transport Canada on four priorities.
Through close consultation with various levels of government and law
enforcement agencies, the Public Safety Portfolio Task Force has:

    - assessed intelligence and policing technology needs;
    - identified necessary infrastructure support;
    - strengthened security awareness activities; and
    - increased international engagement on urban transit security issues.

    The task force has developed an information and intelligence-sharing
framework to enhance regional and national capacity in critical infrastructure
intelligence and enhance ongoing regional risk analysis. A needs assessment
has identified the technology gaps to facilitate communication between law
enforcement and other first responders and transit operators. The task force
has also developed a draft training and awareness framework and visual
awareness prototypes, which will form the basis of strategic, longer-term
integrated solutions for the rail and urban transit sector.

                                                              September 2007
    




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