Today, the American Bus Association (ABA) – the industry leader advancing the North American motorcoach, travel and tour industry – in a letter to Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, called on the House Appropriations Committee to restore funding for the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP) in the FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations bill under consideration. Currently, the FY 2018 bill approved by the Homeland Subcommittee does not include funding for this program.
“As evidenced in the news, almost daily, extremists are increasingly turning to large vehicles for use as weapons and cities across the United States are ramping up security in public spaces to protect from such attacks. The intercity bus industry plays a key role in this defense strategy as the operators of large vehicles and users of shared public terminal facilities at both public transit and Amtrak stations. As with public transit operators and Amtrak, our industry should be equally prepared to mitigate these threats and respond to emergency situations, especially when these modes operate at shared terminal facilities.”
Given the security threats currently facing our nation’s transportation infrastructure, this decision is misguided and could lead to tragic consequences due to a lack of preparedness.
The intercity bus industry wants to remain prepared as security threats are ever-changing and ever-present. ABA urges a restoration funding to the IBSGP in the FY 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, in an amount at least equivalent to Amtrak funding at $10 million.