Homeland security funding for MBTA cut in half

BOSTON MA. 06/ 11/ 13: The newly-built, state-of-the-art, MBTA Emergency Training Center underground training center preview tour the with Chief MacMillan and Senior Security Director Randy Clarke. The MBTA Emergency Training Center is a state-of-the-art public transit emergency training facility being constructed in Boston and scheduled to open in June 2013. It provides advanced train-ing, exercise, and simulation capabilities in a real-istic tunnel environment. The facility consists of multiple training areas, each dedicated to different transit modes or re-sponse functions, including heavy rail, light rail, bus, power, evacuation, and both law enforcement and fire response. Full-size decommissioned bus and rail vehicles and a control room that can simulate advanced audio and visual effects add to the realism of the programs the facility will offer. In addition, all train-ing and exercise audio and video can be recorded for review and analysis in the on-site classrooms. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 12emergency
Operations at the newly-built, state-of-the-art MBTA Emergency Training Center underground training facility are not expected to be affected by the reduction in security funds.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

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Federal security funding for the MBTA has been cut in half, part of a sharp decline for the transit agency in recent years and a nationwide drop in grants to local and state authorities.

Officials at the MBTA said the agency applied for more than $15 million in security grants, but will receive just $3.25 million, down from $6.6 million in 2012.

The decline will not affect police staffing levels or some planned security improvements, but it means the agency cannot undertake a range of projects, such as additional security measures at stations, yards, and tunnels.

An MBTA official said he was disappointed by the drop in funding but said the agency had not counted on the money and it would not affect core operations.

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