Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Rail Security Partnership With CSX Transportation
Governor calls it ‘model for how information sharing should occur’
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced a historic rail security partnership between the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center and CSX Transportation (CSXT).
“This new partnership is a model for how information sharing should occur between industry and government,” said Governor Fletcher. “Every major homeland security report issued since 9/11 has emphasized the need for information sharing to occur at all levels of government and with the private sector. This initiative addresses the rail industry.”
The fusion center is an information hub designed to coordinate information from all levels of law enforcement, public safety agencies and the private sector.
Under the public-private partnership, unique to the rail industry, Kentucky is one of three states granted access to CSXT’s Network Operations Workstation System. Using the secure, online system, the fusion center can independently track the location of CSXT trains and contents of rail cars in real time. Such information is critical for emergency responders.
“We’re pleased to be the first railroad and the first private industry to formalize a security partnership with the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center in order to jointly safeguard both the communities we serve, and our ability to move the goods so critical to the economy,” said Skip Elliott, CSXT vice president for public safety and the environment.
“Formalizing a public/private partnership with CSXT is a monumental step forward in securing our Commonwealth,” said Governor Fletcher. “I want to compliment CSXT for stepping up and serving as the model for a collaborative public-private security initiative. We are confident it is one that other private sector companies will emulate.”