The Bloustein School has welcomed a new research center, the Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk (CTSSR), one of seven new university transportation security centers of excellence created nationally by Congress.
Headed by Professor Michael Greenberg and Henry Mayer, PhD, the center works closely with the National Transit Institute (NTI,) the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and other units at Rutgers.
Under legislation enacting recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, Congress in 2007 directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a National Transportation Security Center of Excellence comprised of leading universities in transit security. Through NTI, Rutgers was one of seven universities designated by DHS.
The national effort is designed to increase the resilience of the nation's multi-modal transportation infrastructure through the development of new technologies, tools and advanced methods, according to DHS, as well improve education and training in transportation security for transit employees and professionals. CTSSR focuses on risk analysis, disaster preparedness and emergency response.
The center was quickly up and running, developing five training programs, a graduate level certificate program in transportation security and undertaking an assessment of the transportation needs during emergencies of vulnerable populations, such as senior citizens, people with limited English proficiency, residents in short and long-term institutional settings, physically and/or mentally disabled citizens, and those living in poverty unable to afford personal vehicles.