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Washington, DC – Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda (D-San Jose) announced today that the City of San Jose will receive over $9.923 million in grants from the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to enhance security and preparedness in San Jose. The grants were given to San Jose to prevent, respond and recover from possible acts of terrorism. In addition, Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) in San Jose will receive $795,280 to enhance the security of its assets and passengers.
“I am gratified that San Jose will receive this funding.” Rep. Lofgren said. “It will go a long way in helping the city recoup some of the costs associated with its efforts to prevent and deter threats and incidents of terrorism, and it will improve safety and security in the San Jose area.”
“Prevention is the first prong in our nation’s War on Terrorism, and these grants will help San Jose implement preventive measures to secure transit systems across the South Bay Area,” Rep. Honda said. “At a time of tight fiscal restraints, this funding will help San Jose allay the costs of critical anti-terrorism security and readiness programs.”
This funding is part of $141,672,927 awarded to cities and transit systems across California today. According to the department, the urban areas are chosen based on a formula that takes into account factors including critical infrastructure, population density and credible threat information. Funding allocations among the cities, contiguous counties and mutual aid partners will be based on an urban area assessment and strategic plan.
Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) in San Jose will use this funding to enhance the security of its assets and passengers. According to the Department of Homeland Security, these transit systems were determined based upon annual ridership and total route miles.