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									     April 4, 2007                    State of Texas Border Partnership
     Volume 1, Issue 2
                                      Working Group Newsletter
Special Interest         Contact: Kirk D. Fauver - Statewide Planning Engineer
                         FHWA Texas Division (HPP-TX)
Articles:                PH: (512) 536-5952
 National
  Center for             National Response Center for Major or Hazardous
  Hazardous              Material Incident Reporting
  Reporting              Under 40 CFR 300.125, the                    railroad and major transportation
  (p 1)                                                                related incidents;
                         National Response Center (NRC)
 Dept of                was established as the single
                                                                      general aviation incidents;
  Homeland               point of contact for all pollution
  Security Issues        and hazardous material incident
  Final Rule on
                                                                      maritime incidents; and
                         reporting. It also established the
  TWIC (p 2)
                         NRC as the communications                    incidents affecting national
 U.S. Visit             center for the National Response              infrastructure
  Program Faces          Team (NRT) including 16 federal
                         agencies as part of its                     In FY 2006, the NRC received
  Technological,                                                     approximately 120,000 phone calls
  and Management         organizational structure. The
  Challenges (p 3)       U.S. Department of                          reporting incidents. The preferred
                         Transportation, Federal Railroad            method of notification of any incident
 Congressional                                                      related to the above is via telephone
  Hearing on
                         Administration, FMCSA, and
                         Pipeline and Hazmat Safety                  at the following 24-hr hotline
  Transit and Rail
  Security (p 4)         Administration are part of the              numbers: 1-800-424-8802 (oil &
                         U.S. DOT customer base for the              hazmat spills) or 1-800-424-0201
 Nationwide                                                         (FRA rail emergency), or 1-877-24-
                         NRT. The primary function of the
  Secure Container
                         NRC is to provide a national point          WATCH (America’s Waterway
  Cargo Testing
  (p 4)                  of contact for reporting any of the         Watch). For additional information,
                         following incidents:                        the NRC website may be found at
 Applications of                                          
  Technology and          oil and hazardous material spills
  Transportation in
  Situations (p 5)
                          radiological/biological releases              For additional information on
                                                                         Transportation Research Board’s
 FHWA Truck              weapons of mass destruction                   efforts related to Hazard and
                           incidents;                                    Security Activities (“Six Goals for
  Parking Notice of
  Solicitation (p 6)
                                                                         Transportation Security: An All
                          terrorism related incidents;                  Hazards Framework for Security
 NCHRP New                                                              Activities”) please see the following
  Guidebook for           suspicious activity & security                website link for additional
  Freight Policy,                                                        information:
                           breach incidents;
  Planning, and                                                
  Programming                                                            va/SecurityActivities.pdf

 BTS Surface
  Trade Numbers
  for 2006 (P.7)
                      Border Partnership Newsletter                     Page 2 of 8

Department of Homeland Security Issues Final Rulemaking on
Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program

The Transportation Worker                 enrollment process work as
Identification Credential (TWIC)          efficiently as possible for applicants
program is a Transportation Security      and owners/operators.
Administration and U.S. Coast Guard
initiative. In accordance with the        The TWIC Final Rule was posted
Maritime Transportation Security Act,     on January 1, 2007, and reflects
or MTSA, the TWIC will require an         input obtained through four public
identification card for all personnel     meetings and over 1,900
requiring unescorted access to            comments from the maritime
secure port and vessel areas,             industry. This rule does not require
including the individual CDL truck        maritime owners and operators to
drivers moving freight within             purchase or install card readers
regulated facilities and all vessels      compatible with TWIC at this time.
holding Coast Guard issued                For additional information on the
credentials.                              final rulemaking published in the
                                          Federal Register on January 25,
As part of this program, TSA will         2007 or enrollment process please
issue a tamper-resistent “Smart           contact the TWIC Program Help
Card” IDs containing a small              Desk at 1-866-DHS-TWIC (1-866-
integrated circuit chip that contains     347-8942) or visit the website at:
the worker’s biometric (fingerprint
template) to allow for a positive link    ers/twic/index.shtm
between the card itself and the user.
The fee for TWIC will be $137 and
will be valid for five years. Workers
that are already part of the Free and
Secure Trade (FAST) program will
pay a lower price of $105 under this
Upon the effective enforcement date,
port owners and operators will be
required to inspect the TWIC for
each worker granted unescorted
access to secure areas of a facility or
a vessel. TWIC enrollment will be
phased in over a 15 month period,
which is expected to begin in Spring
2007. Compliance with the final
rulemaking will begin by September
25, 2008. TSA will use a
combination of fixed and mobile
enrollment stations to make the
Page 3 of 8              Border Partnership Newsletter
 US-VISIT Program Faces Operational, Technological and
 Management Challenges According to the U.S. GAO

   The U.S. Government Accountability Office         ability to process visitors and verify
  (GAO) recently published a report                  identities upon entry, the GAO found that
  summarizing its testimony to Congress on the       management controls in place to identify
  current status of the Department of                and evaluate computer and other
  Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to               operational problems at land POEs were
  implement the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant           insufficient and inconsistently administered.
  Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT)             DHS continues to face longstanding US-
  program at air, sea, and land ports of entry       VISIT management challenges and future
  (POE). US-VISIT is designed to collect,            uncertainties. GAO found that DHS had not
  maintain, and share data on selected foreign       articulated how US-VISIT is to strategically
  nationals entering and exiting the United          fit with other land border security initiatives
  States at air, sea, and land ports-of-entry.       and mandates and could not ensure that
                                                     these programs work in harmony to meet
  These data, including biometric identifiers like   mission goals and operate cost effectively.
  digital fingerprints, are to be used to screen     DHS had drafted a strategic plan defining
  persons against watch lists, verify identities,    an overall immigration and border
  and record arrival and departure. The GAO          management strategy but, as of February
  testimony addresses DHS’s efforts to:              2007, the plan was under review by OMB.

      implement US-VISIT entry capability;          Further, critical acquisition management
      implement US-VISIT exit capability; and       processes need to be established and
      resolve longstanding management               followed to ensure that program capabilities
       challenges that could impair DHS’s            and expected mission outcomes are
       ability to effectively implement the US-      delivered on time and within budget. These
       VISIT program.                                processes include effective project
                                                     planning, requirements management,
  GAO analyzed DHS and US-VISIT                      contract tracking and oversight, test
  documents, interviewed program officials,          management, and financial management.
  and visited 21 land POEs with varied traffic       Until these issues are addressed, the risk of
  levels on both borders.                            US-VISIT continuing to fall short of
                                                     expectations is increased.
  GAO found that the DHS is operating US-            For additional information, please see the
  VISIT entry capabilities at most POEs and          following web link:
  has begun to work to move from 2 to10    
  fingerprint biometric capabilities and expand
  electronic information sharing with

  GAO noted that the US-VISIT biometric-
  based entry screening capability is operating
  at 115 airports, 14 seaports, and 154 land
  POEs. While US-VISIT has improved DHS
                         Border Partnership Newsletter                            Page 4 of 8
 Congressional Hearing on Transit and Rail Security

 On March 7, 2007, the U.S. House                needs and funding priorities for
 Committee on Transportation and                 mitigation of security threats against
 Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on                the nation’s transit, rail, and over-
 Highways and Transit and                        the-road bus systems. Additional
 Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines,           background on the hearing, opening
 and Hazardous Materials held a                  statements, and the submitted
 hearing to examine current issues in            testimony of witnesses are available.
 transit and rail security, including the        For additional information, please
 roles and responsibilities of the               see the following web link:
 Department of Homeland Security, the  
 Federal Transit Administration, and the         asp?id=7459
 Federal Railroad Administration.
 The hearing also explored the state of
 preparedness in the transit, rail, and
 over-the-road bus industries; and
 federal programs and activities
 designed to help meet the security

Nationwide Intermodal Container Tracking System Being Tested

 Many manufacturers provide trucking                   The technology R&D subsidiary of
 companies with products that use Global               Horizon Lines (Horizon Services
 Positioning System satellites to help                 Group) is planning a network of radio
 manage their logistics more seamlessly,               frequency identification (RFID)
 but now they have found an additional use             readers on highways across the U.S.
 for the technology: With proper                       that would provide the necessary
 programming and perhaps a few extra                   infrastructure for a nationwide RFID
 peripherals, those devices also can be                container tracking system. HSG is
 used to thwart theft and to track and                 working with state and federal
 recover stolen assets.                                transportation officials to use the
                                                       RFID reader infrastructure already in
 The devices use GPS to create a “geo-                 place on highways to create a
 fence” - an electronic perimeter around an            national network for end-to-end, real-
 object. If the object deviates from the               time intermodal container tracking
 defined perimeter - at a truck stop or                which would reduce unnecessary
 anywhere along a truck’s entire route on              repositioning of containers, address
 an interstate highway - an alert is sent to           congestion issues, improve asset
 headquarters so the driver can be                     utilization, and increase supply chain
 contacted or law enforcement called.                  security.
 However, some experts warn that any
 security these devices offer is “collateral”          For more information on the RFID
 to their primary logistics function for asset         system, go to
 tracking practices.                         
Page 5 of 8             Border Partnership Newsletter
  Application of Technology to Transportation Operations in Biohazard
  Situations: Final Report
     The U.S. Federal Highway Administration
     (ITS Joint Program Office) has released a
     report that examines the role of
     transportation agencies during a biohazard
     situation. The report is designed to help
     state and local transportation agencies
     perform the roles expected of them during
     all phases of a biohazard incident.
     According to the report, those roles can
     differ significantly from the ones they
     typically perform during other types of
     emergencies. For additional information
     please see the following web link:

  FHWA SAFETEA-LU Truck Parking Applications for FY 2007
  (Due by April 30, 2007)

     On March 26, 2007, the Director of the          Grants will be awarded to States
     FHWA HQ’s Office of Freight                    submitting applications that clearly
     Management and Operations (Tony Furst)         demonstrate a need for assistance in
     sent a memorandum to all divisions in          carrying out one or more eligible
     order to notify the divisions that the FHWA    projects as described in the attachment.
     is now soliciting Fiscal Year (FY) 2007
     candidate grant applications for the           Should you have any questions on this
     subject program.                               new SAFETEA-LU program, please
                                                    contact Mr. Bill Mahorney (E-Mail:
     This program was newly established    of the
     under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible,         FHWA HQ’s Office of Freight
     Efficient, Transportation Equity Act-A         Management and Operations at 202-
     Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, P.L.             366-6817 (applications are due into
     109-59, Section 1305) in order to address      HQ’s by April 30, 2007).
     shortage of long-term truck parking on the
     National Highway System (NHS).

     The subject program was authorized for
     $6.25 million annually through FY 2009
     and the FHWA is currently focusing on
     those projects that will provide substantial
     benefits relating to highway safety or
     congestion relief.
                             Border Partnership Newsletter                          Page 6 of 8

Amendment Delaying Entry of Mexican Trucks Faces Veto

  Several bills that include provisions to          trade zone. Efforts are underway to select
  delay the Mexican motor carrier “pilot            the 100 Mexican carriers through a vetting
  project” already faces a presidential veto –      process by the FMCSA and federal audits
  although they have not even passed the            of pre-screened Mexican carriers are also
  Senate or House of Representatives yet.           being completed by the agency.
  The amendment to delay the opening of
  the U.S.-Mexico border to 100 Mexican             According to the FMCSA, all federal
  motor carriers – with an unlimited number         regulations governing safety and CDL
  of trucks – was included in the                   driver licensing, including proof of
  supplemental appropriations bill that was         insurance, hours of service, federal truck
  approved by the Senate Appropriations             size & weight laws, will be adhered to with
  Subcommittee on March 22. While the bill          respect to the Mexican carriers. The U.S.
  is currently being debated by the Senate,         trucking companies would also like to have
  the White House issued a “Statement of            the right to enter into Mexico at the same
  Administrative Policy” threatening to veto        time as the rights are allowed to enter the
  the bill if it makes it to the president as-is.   U.S. for the Mexican carriers.
  The Federal Motor Carrier Administration
  (FMCSA) is currently developing a federal
  agency notice to be published within the
  Federal Register to open this issue up for
  public comments. With the publication of
  this notice there is expected to be a brief
  delay in the full opening up of the
  international Mexican/U.S. border beyond
  the previously established 25-mile NAFTA
  trade zones.
State of Texas Senate OKs Greater Truck Enforcement
 The State of Texas Legislature only meets in       safety standards. Police in cities with
 regular session once every two years, but          populations of 25,000 or more also are
 when the legislators do gather in Austin, they     allowed to enforce the CMV safety standards
 churn out quite a bit of legislation for           as long as they are located in counties with
 consideration. Several truck-related bills have    populations of at least two million.
 received attention in the statehouse during
 the current session. One legislative package       Cities must be certified from the Texas
 covers topics that include truck enforcement,      Department of Public Safety to enforce the
 English-only license testing and criminal          safety standards. Sponsored by Sen. John
 history record checks.                             Carona, R-Dallas, the bill – SB545 – would
                                                    allow police in cities with populations of
 The Senate unanimously approved one bill           50,000 or more to enforce the safety
 that is intended to allow more police to           standards. It also would allow police in cities
 enforce truck rules. Texas law now allows          with populations of 25,000 or more and
 police in cities with populations of 100,000 or    located in counties with populations of at
 more to enforce commercial motor vehicle           least 500,000 to enforce the standards.
 Page 7 of 8     Border Partnership Newsletter
NCHRP REPORT 570- Guidebook for Freight Policy, Planning, and
Programming in Small- and Medium-sized Metropolitan Areas
   The NCHRP Report 570:                     through FHWA’s Capacity
   “Guidebook for Freight Policy,            Building program and Freight
   Planning, and Programming in              Professional Development
   Small and Medium-Sized                    (FPD) program, which provide
   Metropolitan Areas” (herein after         access to a vast set of data,
   referred to as the Guidebook) has         research, and best practices
   been developed to provide small-          related to freight policy,
   and medium-sized MPOs with the            planning, and programming
   necessary resources to begin or           activities. For additional
   enhance their freight                     information, please see the
   transportation planning program.          following web link:
   The Guidebook has been          
   designed to provide MPO staff             pubs/nchrp/nchrp_rpt_570.pdf
   with a basic “how to” roadmap to
   initiate and implement a
   successful freight transportation
   planning program. It also
   functions as a gateway to the
   freight resources available

  BTS Releases Annual North American Surface Trade Numbers: 2006
  Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 8.9 Percent from 2005
  Trade using surface             by truck was 12.6 percent
  transportation between the                                        The news release and
                                  higher in 2006 than 2005          summary tables can be
  United States and its North     while the value of exports
  American Free Trade                                               found at More
                                  carried by truck was 11.6         information on TransBorder
  Agreement (NAFTA)               percent higher. Texas led
  partners Canada and                                               Freight Data and data from
                                  all states in surface trade       previous months are posted
  Mexico was 8.9 percent          with Mexico in 2006 with
  higher in 2006 than in 2005,                                      on the BTS website at
                                  $84.6 billion.          
  reaching $760 billion,
  according to the Bureau of      The TransBorder Freight           er/. The latest available
  Transportation Statistics       Data are a special extract of     TransBorder data available
  (BTS) of the U.S.               the official U.S. foreign trade   is from January 2007.
  Department of                   statistics. The data are
  Transportation.                 tabulated for BTS monthly
                                  by the U.S. Census
  U.S. and Mexico surface         Bureau’s Foreign Trade
  transportation trade totaled    Division. TransBorder
  $272 billion in 2006, up 13.5   numbers include data
  percent compared to 2005.       received by BTS as of
  The value of imports carried    February 16th. The news
                                  release and summary tables
                                  can be found at
                                  information on TransBorder
                                   FHWA HQ’s “Talking Freight” Seminar Series
    Federal Highway                The Federal Highway            Seminars are held on a   Natchez, MS in mid-
     Administration                Administration Office of       monthly basis            February 2007. For
                                   Freight Management and         throughout the year      additional information,
    300 E. 8th Street              Operations and the Office      and are open at no cost  please see the
      Room 826                     of Planning host the           to all interested partiesfollowing website for
   Austin, TX 78701                "Talking Freight" seminars.    in both the public and   scheduled upcoming
                                   The seminars are part of a     private sectors.         “Talking Freight”
        PHONE:                     broader Freight                                         webinar events:
     (512) 536-5900                Professional Development       The next Talking         http://www.ops.fhwa.d
                                   Program aimed at               Freight webinar on April
          FAX:                     providing technical            18th (12:00 N-1:30 PM king_freight.htm.
     (512) 536-5990                assistance, training, tools,   CDT) will discuss the
                                   and information to help the    outcome of the
          E-MAIL:                  freight and planning           AASHTO-FHWA                    Famous Quote         workforce meet the             Freight Partnership II         for the day:
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