EBT Inc., A Private Bus Contractor Serving Suffolk Transit, Earns TSA’s Gold Standard Award For Security

Marisa Maola, TSA Regional Security Director, Surface Region 1, presents the Gold Standard Award to John Corr, CEO, EBT Inc. Joining in the award presentation were (left to right) David DelSanto, TSA Surface Inspector (JFK); Tim Flood, Executive VP, EBT Inc.; James Rogan, Director of Safety & Training, EBT Inc.; Stephen Collins, TSA Surface Inspector (JFK); and Kevin Hoban, TSA Regional Security Inspector, Surface Region 1. (Photo courtesy of EBT Inc.)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently honored EBT Inc., with the prestigious Gold Standard Award for security. EBT Inc., one of several private bus companies contracted by Suffolk Transit to provide fixed-route services, is one of only five transit entities nationwide to receive this recognition this year.

“The Gold Standard Award symbolizes EBT Inc.’s commitment to its passengers, its adherence to core principles and its leadership in bus transit security,” Ronald Pavlik, Jr., TSA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Surface Operations, said. “We are proud partners with EBT Inc., and we are pleased to recognize them for their continued commitment to transportation security.”

The Gold Standard Award is the highest level of recognition TSA can give to a public bus transit agency for achieving top scores during an annual review of 20 categories of security and emergency preparedness elements. The review evaluates several aspects of a bus transit agency’s operations, including its security plan, security training, drills and exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check procedures.

EBT Inc., a member of The Trans Group of Spring Valley, NY, operates a fleet of 52 public buses for Suffolk Transit along eight routes with 111 full- and part-time bus operators in Suffolk County, NY. Daily, EBT Inc., delivers safe, convenient, and reliable mass transit service to its thousands of riders.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority at EBT Inc.,” EBT Inc. CEO John Corr said. “Under the direction of EBT Inc. Director of Safety &Training James Rogan, our safety and security team’s sole mission is keeping our passengers and bus operators safe and secure. Receiving this prestigious recognition from the TSA is testament to our safety team and an honor shared by each of us at EBT Inc.”

TSA has oversight of nearly 6,800 public transit agencies in the country. Every year, the TSA assesses a select number of transit agencies nationwide for evaluation through its Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) program. Just a fraction of those evaluated achieves scores high enough to receive the Gold Standard Award.

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