Posted August 24, 2011

Security Enhancements Reach $15 Million Post 9-11-01
at Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

Since 9-11-01, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) has received approximately $15 million in grant funding to undertake a number of security enhancement projects that encompass all three operating divisions: Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Transit, and Golden Gate Ferry.

Security measures have been in place since the GGBHTD launched each of its three public transportation systems. Following the events of 9-11-01, security enhancements were made to better integrate systems as well as upgrade them to the most current technologies.

As security measures are not detailed for security reasons, and some examples of the enhancements undertaken since 9-11-01 are provide below. All security measures are aimed at protecting the GGBHTD’s assets as well as public safety.

Examples of GGBHTD-wide improvements made to enhance security:

  1. Access control systems were implemented at all GGBHTD facilities.
  2. A See Something? Say Something! awareness program was launched throughout the three operating divisions and among all employees as a reminder to everyone to report suspicious, atypical activities or objects encountered. The program encourages customers to join with employees as the “eyes and ears” of their transportation environment to aid in maintaining a safe environment for everyone. The program features brightly colored posters with the slogan See Something? Say Something! that provide the contact information for reporting suspicious objects or activities for each of the operating divisions. The posters were distributed throughout the GGBHTD’s facility and were also posted in Spanish. This program continues today.
  3. The GGBHTD is undertaking a $19 million project to design, deploy, and implement a new Advanced Communications Information System (ACIS) for use across all three of GGBHTD’s public transportation systems. ACIS, once implemented by the end of 2012, will facilitate greater interagency public safety connectivity within the GGBHTD as well as with other agencies.

Examples of improvements made to enhance security at the Golden Gate Bridge:

  1. Shortly after 9-11-01, a multi-agency security coalition was formalized to meet regularly and include members of the Bridge security staff, CHP, USCG, GGNRA, US Park Police, Sausalito Police and Fire, San Francisco PD.
  2. Bridge Patrol staff was significantly expanded.
  3. Infrastructure improvements ranging from lighting to access controls, to surveillance equipment to upgrades, to monitoring equipment including cameras.

Examples of improvements made to enhance security at Golden Gate Ferry:

  1. Addition of perimeter access controls at the Larkspur and San Francisco Golden Gate Ferry Terminals.
  2. Addition of a storage and inspection building at the Larkspur Terminal to ensure that delivery of the concessionaires’ supplies are properly inspected and stored securely prior to placement aboard vessels.
  3. Upgrades and enhancements to GGF security surveillance capabilities.
  4. Creation of Emergency Command Center (EOC) capabilities at Larkspur Ferry Terminal facility. Other EOC’s were established at the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Transit San Rafael facilities pre-9-11-01.
  5. Two interagency security related drills were conducted and hosted by Golden Gate Ferry in coordination with United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sector San Francisco and the California Maritime Academy.
    • The first drill took place off the shores of Paradise Cay in Marin County and tested the Bay Area Vessel Mutual Assistance Plan including agency emergency evacuation capabilities and mass rescue operations. Exercise participants included Marin County Sherriff, National Park Service, and Marine units from Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties as well as fire departments from Larkspur, Tiburon, Novato, Ross Valley and Southern Marin.
    • The second drill took place off the shores of Richmond, CA to test responses in a multi-jurisdictional emergency response scene to coordinate an effective emergency response during an underway boarding, and neutralize an active shooter, and suppress a vessel fire. The exercise tested interagency communications, and planning and communications, and further strengthen agency partnerships.

Examples of improvements made to enhance security for the Golden Gate Transit:

  1. Improvements the San Rafael Bus Facility including fencing, access control gates, and cameras as well as the associated infrastructure to support these features. These enhancements are underway for the Novato Bus Facility as well.
  2. GGT buses are equipped with surveillance equipment.

 

Summary of Grant Funding Received Post 9-11-01

Fiscal Year
Grant Program
Grant Amount
2003
FTA Security
1,298,800
2004
FTA Emergency Drill
25,000
2004
TSA Port Security
520,000
2004
DHS UASI
2,100,000
2005
DHS TSGP
520,000
2006
DHS UASI
200,000
2006
DHS TSGP
728,000
2007
FTA Security
393,000
2007
DHS TSGP
826,662
2008
FTA Security
5,000,000
2008
DHS TSGP
900,000
2008
California TSGP
802,488
2009
California TSGP
802,488
2010
California TSGP
802,488
TOTAL  
14,918,126