ÂCOULD MADRID BE LA?Â Are we ready for the next terrorist attack rail, ports or airports? The U. S. House Select Committee On Homeland Security Is Reviewing A California OnTrac Study On Homeland Security Today
A first-time study on Homeland Security gets a new look from the U. S. House Select Committee On Homeland Security
(PRWEB) March 14, 2004
Chris Becker, executive director, for OnTrac, JPA is available to talk about the First time study that says ÂThe Terrorism Threat Is Real On Strategic Rail Corridors and Al Qaeda Has Interest in AttacksÂ
Christopher Becker, Executive Director, OnTrac, JPA
Elsa Lee, Counter Terrorism Expert, Advantage-SCI, LLC
K. Jack Riley, Director, RAND Public Safety and Justice Program
The above people are prepared to speak to the media about homeland security on the rail. An OnTrac Study by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and Rand Corp. found that terror on the tracks is real in America. The news media is reporting that terrorists say theyÂre 90 percent ready for the U. S. Are we prepared?
The study was commissioned and published in cooperation with the Orange North-American Trade Rail Access Corridor (OnTrac) Joint Powers Authority and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). The study was completed as part of the environmental review process for the Alameda Corridor East strategic rail system that goes through Placentia, California.
"The disruption cost of shutting down the Alameda Corridor East represents a $414 million disruption value each day that it is shut down," said LAEDC Director of Public Policy, Greg Freeman. "The same 10-day disruption would therefore be $4.1 billion. An attack of 30-days duration would see a $12.4 billion disruption cost and go to $24.8 billion if the shutdown of the strategic corridor lasts for
"Southern California has become the nation's primary gateway for two-way international trade," said Executive Director Christopher Becker, of OnTrac.
"The Alameda Corridor East rail lines moved about $116 billion in goods based on the manufacturer's value in 2000. The street value was much higher for these products. The street values of rail cargo traveling on the Alameda Corridor East in 2000 were $166 billion."
Becker's testimony at the Congressional Railroad Committee Hearings was that Washington should provide more flexible funding for environmentally beneficial rail projects, and significantly more funding for mega projects and grade crossing programs like Alameda Corridor East.
[Editors: For a copy of the Economic Impact of Terrorism on Trade Corridors Study, interviews and digital photos please call George McQuade 818.340.5300 or 818.618.9229 or Aida Mayo, 818.6187.9226 or visit www. MayoCommunications. com ]