The rail industry has made significant strides in rail security, particularly with respect to the transportation of hazardous materials while in transit. This session will review the current state of rail security with an emphasis on legislative and voluntary actions to reduce vulnerabilities – particularly with respect to HazMat shipments. Despite the improvements, the world has changed in the past 15 years. The session will review specific vulnerabilities as they relate to recent terrorist tactics, and will put forth recommendations to further strengthen the U.S. rail network.
1. Gain an understanding of current federal regulatory and rule-making requirements and the agencies designated to ensure compliance
2. Discuss how these legislative actions are administered on a day-to-day basis and gain an understanding of the risk-based approach formulated by federal agencies
3. Understand remaining vulnerabilities and suggested strategies to ensure continuous improvement – taking into account both rail network changes and evolving terrorist tactics