TSA Forms Committee to Advise on Security Issues

A committee has been formed to advise the Transportation Security Administration on security issues related to rail and other modes of surface transportation.

The agency said in a news release that members of the committee will represent freight and passengers railroads. Some members will come from the ranks of federal departments and agencies with surface transportation oversight.

Voting committee members from the freight railroad sector include Thomas Farmer, assistant vice president of security at the Association of American Railroads; Herschel Flowers, homeland security manager at Kansas City Southern Railway; Edward Gelnar Jr., vice president of safety and compliance at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association; Greg Bretzing, senior vice president of global security, safety and corporate affairs at The Greenbrier Cos. Inc.; and Donald Loftis, principle software engineer at Olin Corp.

Voting members representing passenger-rail service include: Lisa Ann Shahade, deputy chief of police for strategic operations at Amtrak; Edward Bruce, director of intelligence, New Jersey Transit; Robert Gatchell, chief safety and security officer of Brightline/Virgin Trains USA; Polly Hanson, director of security, risk and emergency management at the American Public Transportation Association; Ronald Pavlik Jr., chief of police at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; Joe Perez, chief of police and security at Metra; Jaime Becerra, chief of transit enforcement and deputy chief of safety and security at North County Transit District; and Robert Finnegan, captain, police administration at Delaware River Port Authority.

TSA said the committee will meet at least twice a year with one meeting open to the public.

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