Is the Transit Industry Ready for the Cyber Revolution: Policy Recommendations to Enhance Surface Transit Cyber Preparedness

Given the multitude of connected devices already in use by the transit industry and the vast amount of data that is generated (with more coming online soon), the transit industry is vulnerable to a cyber attack and other cybersecurity-related issues.  This project will review the state of best practices in cybersecurity in transit; provide an understanding of  U.S. public transit operators’ cybersecurity operations; explain  U.S. policy on cybersecurity in surface transportation; and provide operations and policy recommendations that address gaps or issues identified for Congress, the Administration, and transit operators. Research methods will include survey research, interviews, periodical research, and first-hand knowledge.


Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
San José State University

Principal Investigator: 

Scott Belcher

PI Contact Information: 

Mineta Transportation Institute
San José State University
210 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
San Jose, CA 95112

Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization): 

U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology - $75,000

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September 2019 to June 2020

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