HARRY SAPORTA

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Harry Saporta
Good Harbor Consulting
Surface Transport Safety and Security, Principal
Harry Saporta is an experienced surface transit safety and security
engineer and has worked with government and private industry clients
during a career spanning 31 years. Most recently, Mr. Saporta leads
the Surface Transport Safety and Security Project where he is
supporting the development of the safety and security master plan for
all modes of surface transportation for the Department of Transport in
the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 
Professional Qualifications:
 Bachelor of Science, Transportation Engineering, California
Polytechnic State University, USA
 Masters of Public Health (MPH), Safety and Health Management, Tulane
University, USA
 Registered Professional Safety Engineer in California
 Certified Safety Professional
Other Qualifications:
Current member and past chair of the APTA Infrastructure Security Working Group
Current member and past chair of the American Public Transportation Association
(APTA) Rail Safety Committee
Member of the APTA Bus Safety, APTA Security Policy and Planning Committees
Mr. Saporta has co-authored three surface transport publications:
Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 86 Vol12 - Making
Transportation Tunnels Safe and Secure
TCRP Report 125 – Guidebook for Mitigating Fixed-Route Bus and Pedestrian
Collisions
TCRP Synthesis Report 79 – Light Rail Vehicle Collisions at Signalized
Intersections
Key Skills
Mr. Saporta primary areas of expertise are:
Surface Transport Security
Surface Transport Safety
Surface Transport Regulations
Mr. Saporta was awarded the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary’s Ribbon
Award for the development and implementation of the Five-Point Homeland Security
Program that provided a strategic plan for combating potential acts of terrorism
against public transportation agencies
Length of Service with Good Harbor Consulting:
Mr. Saporta joined Good Harbor Consulting in April 2009.
Surface Transport Practice Area Manager
Department of Transport
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The surface transport practice area is supporting the development of the safety and
security master plan for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  This includes light rail, water
borne, metro, hazardous cargo transport, regional rail and bus transportation.  2
Mr. Saporta serves as the Practice Area Manager. 
Current Good Harbor Projects:
Abu Dhabi Department of Transport
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Mr. Saporta is leading the Surface Transport Safety and Security Project where he is
supporting the development of the safety and security master plan for all modes of
surface transportation, including regional railroads, for the Department of Transport
in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 
Union Railway Safety, Risk, and Security Consultancy Service
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
As a team member, Mr. Saporta provided management, supervisory, administrative
and technical safety and security support services for the Shah Habshan to Ruwais
(SHR) phase of the Union Railway Project, the first freight railway in the United Arab
Emirates.
Other Country Relevant Project Experience:
Senior Engineering Manager
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Parsons Brinckerhoff provides strategic consulting, planning, engineering, and
program and construction management services to both public and private sector
clients.  Mr. Saporta held the role of senior engineering manager and was
responsible for the development of system safety and security plans and programs;
emergency management plans and procedures; and hazard analyses and security
assessments for the identification, evaluation, and control of safety and security risks
for several light, heavy, and regional rail projects.
Various Parsons Brinckerhoff projects:
San Francisco Stations & Transbay Tube Security System Project
BART
Oakland, California
Mr. Saporta served as task leader for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s onsite
security assessment of four downtown San Francisco stations and the Transbay
Tube to determine the best and most cost effective strategies for the detection of
unauthorized persons in restricted areas, unusual or suspicious activities of person
and vehicles, and other security critical events. Assessed the security surveillance
requirements for monitoring passenger stations and critical infrastructure. Performed
a technology assessment of proven sensor, security camera, and intrusion
technologies for the project.
National Capital Region Freight Security Project
National Capital Planning Commission
Washington, DC
Mr. Saporta served as task leader for the study of security issues affecting the
relocation of a freight railroad line that runs through the heart of the nation’s capital.
The line poses security concerns because hazardous materials carried on freight
trains could pass close to the United States Capitol, federal offices, and residential
neighborhoods. The study addressed existing railroad operations and infrastructure.
Three viable alternatives for new railroad alignments were identified and their
security and railroad operating benefits, costs, and potential impacts were analyzed. 3
The study recommended short-term security and operations enhancements to the
existing railroad line.
METRO Rail Traffic Safety Assessment
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Houston, Texas
Mr. Saporta assisted in conducting a traffic safety assessment of light rail operations
in Houston, Texas.  The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas was
concerned with the increasing number of vehicular collisions with light rail vehicles. 
Metrorail’s design and operations was examined; training curriculum and records
were reviewed; an analysis of the vehicular accidents to date was performed; the
effectiveness of the public education outreach program was assessed; and operating
conditions along the light rail alignment, particularly at auto-light rail vehicle
interfaces, was observed.  Recommendations for improvement along with an
implementation plan were provided.
Safe Haven Concept
Railroad Research Foundation
Washington, DC
Mr Saporta served as task leader for the development of a ―Safe Haven‖ concept to
protect hazardous materials awaiting shipment or materials already in transit.  The
concept combined security protocols, human resources, and technology security
measures to greatly reduce the likelihood of unauthorized access to rail cars
containing toxic inhalation hazards (TIH) by tracking and then halting or routing rail
shipments and materials to fixed facilities throughout the United States that can
provide adequate protection. The project developed potential solution sets that all
entities — producers and consumers of TIH materials, rail carriers, and government
officials — view as increasing the security of TIH rail cars.
Transit Security Programs
Federal Transit Administration
Washington, DC
Mr. Saporta served as task leader advising the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
in the strategic development for the Next Generation Security and Emergency
Management Program. Assist FTA in the development of resource materials,
including compendium of transit security practice and program resource guides
Assisted in the revision of the TSA/FTA Top Security and Emergency Management
Action Items for Transit Agencies and Transit Agency Emergency Security Protective
Measures. Represent the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on various
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) projects and programs, including the
Mass Transit Information Sharing Network.  The Information Sharing Network is an
interagency team charged with supporting a centralized transit security information
center for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), TSA, and the US
Department of Transportation (US DOT).  He assisted in the development of the
transit security inspection processes for the Surface Transportation Inspection
Program. He assisted FTA in the development of its Next Generation Security and
Emergency Management Program, including development of specific products that
will aid the transit industry to enhance their security and emergency management
programs.
Weehawken Tunnel Project
Hudson Bergen Light Rail (New Jersey Transit),
Weehawken, New Jersey4
Activities involved in the Weehawken Extension Project included development of
safety and security design criteria and specifications, development of a safety
certification program specific to the design phase, and conducting preliminary and
operational hazard analyses.  Additionally, oversight of all emergency management
activities, including response protocols and tabletop and field exercises in
preparation for the opening of the Weehawken Tunnel was provided.
Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA)
Washington, DC
Mr. Saporta provided safety and security support services for the WMATA.  He
provided safety and security certification technical support on WMATA capital
projects, including new construction and rehabilitation projects, preliminary hazard
analyses reviews, and Certification Committee support. As part of this task,
developed and implemented a safety and security certification program in
conformance with the FTA Handbook.
In addition, he supported the engineering staff on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail
Project by reviewing and confirming the effectiveness of the process for identifying,
resolving, and mitigating identified hazards and security vulnerabilities; assisted in
the development of certifiable items lists and conformance checklists, conducted
verification reviews, and assisted in program audits.
Transit Policing Project
Charlotte Area Transit (CATS)
Charlotte, North Carolina
CATS had developed a security plan and emergency preparedness plan to address
its security responsibilities. Given the increased responsibilities for a larger bus
system, new light rail system, fare collection and monitoring, and new facilities CATS
was interested in developing a policing plan to address the organization structure,
personnel, and equipment necessary to meet these increased responsibilities.  Mr.
Saporta developed a policing plan that addressed key issues of organization
structure, chain of command, service delivery options, staffing and personnel issues,
equipment requirements, fare monitoring, budget, training, mutual aid and support
agreements, and an implementation schedule. A peer review assessment, focusing
on implementation issues and best practices as they may relate to the Charlotte
Policing Plan, was undertaken.
METRO Solutions Phase 2 Project Safety and Security Services
Houston METRO
Houston, Texas
Mr. Saporta revised the METRO 2 System Safety Program Plan to be compliant with
Federal Transit Administration regulation 49 CFR Part 659, Rail Fixed Guideway
Systems, State Safety Oversight. Revised the Safety and Security Certification
Program to be in conformance with the FTA Handbook for Transit Safety and
Security Certification. He developed the Safety and Security Management Plan for
the project to comply with the FTA circular on Full Funding Grant Agreements.
Interstate MAX Light Rail Project, Safety and Security Services
TriMet
Portland, Oregon
Mr. Saporta assisted the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon
(TriMet) with their Safety and Security Certification program for the Interstate MAX 5
Extension Project and to assess the readiness of the extension to be placed into
revenue service.  The Safety Certification Program Plan was reviewed to assure
conformance with the FTA Handbook on Transit Safety and Security Certification. 
Checklists for safety and security critical elements were reviewed to assure
completeness.  A limited audit was conducted of the documentation used to support
conformance with the safety and security criteria and specification requirements. 
The operational readiness assessment consisted of the review of training records,
emergency preparedness activities, and field survey for safety hazards and security
vulnerabilities, in addition to the System Safety and System Security Plans,
Rulebook, and Standard Operating Procedures.
Safety and Security Services
Sound Transit
Seattle, Washington
Mr. Saporta performed a variety of safety and security tasks on an as-requested
basis including conduct of a vulnerability assessment for the Central Link Project,
review of security countermeasures for the Downtown Seattle Renovation Project,
development of security guard services protocols, and other tasks. Developed a
Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP) for the Central Link Project.
Caltrain Rail Passenger Vehicle Procurement
Caltrain
San Francisco, California:
Acting on behalf of Caltrain, Mr. Saporta provided safety engineering support for the
procurement of passenger rail vehicles for the Caltrain 2025 Program.  The support
services included performance of a safety analysis and review of safety features to
ensure conformance with FRA requirements.
Safety Services
Cleveland RTA
Cleveland, Ohio
Mr.Saporta revised the Cleveland RTA Rail System Safety Program Plan to be in
compliance with Federal Transit Administration regulation 49 CFR Part 659, Rail
Fixed Guideway Systems, State Safety Oversight. Also conducted an assessment of
current safety activities to assure conformance with the regulation.
Transbay Terminal Project
Caltrain
San Francisco, California
Mr. Saporta developed design basis elements for safety, fire/life safety, and security
design criteria. The safety, fire/life safety, and security design requirements were
based on appropriate and applicable codes, guidelines and standards for safety and
security considerations in the design criteria.  Design basis elements emphasized: 
Elimination of identified hazards by design; control of hazards to persons, the public,
and equipment that cannot be avoided or eliminated; and incorporation of Crime
Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) elements.
Valley Metro Rail Project
Valley Metro Transit
Phoenix, Arizona6
Acting on the behalf of Valley Metro Rail, Mr. Saporta provided safety engineering
support for the procurement of light rail vehicles for Valley Metro Rail.  The review
included an assessment of the manufacturer’s system safety program plan, safety
analyses, and conformance with design specifications
South Corridor Light Rail Transit Project
TriMet
Portland, Oregon
Mr. Saporta conducted a preliminary hazard analysis and security assessment of the
TriMet South Corridor Project.  The purpose of the PHA was to identify potential
safety hazards associated with light rail operations and related bus transit center
operations, and to propose countermeasures to eliminate or reduce those safety
hazards to an acceptable level.  The security assessments examined the proposed
operating environment and facilities of the South Corridor, including the rail station
platform areas, bus shelter areas, parking facilities and other amenities that may
compromise the personal safety of transit patrons and employees, and homeland
security vulnerabilities.
Additionally, assisted with the Safety and Security Certification Program for the
project.
Armour Yard Rail Maintenance Facility Safety Certification Support
Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority
Atlanta, Georgia
Mr. Saporta provided assistance in the Safety and Security Certification program for
the Armour Yard Rail Maintenance Facility.  The Safety Certification Program Plan
was reviewed to assure conformance with the FTA guidelines for Safety and Security
Certification programs.  Checklists for safety and security critical elements were
developed.   Documentation that supported conformance with the safety and security
criteria and specification requirements was reviewed. 
Office of Safety and Security Director
Federal Transit Authority (FTA)
The FTA provides stewardship of programs totaling more than 10B USD to support a
variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems
throughout the United States.  Mr. Saporta held the position of Director and was
responsible for developing safety and security programs to meet the safety,
homeland security and transit security, and emergency management needs of the
public transportation industry throughout the United States.  He successfully
managed threat and risk assessments and security and emergency management
technical assistance program for the Top 50 Transit Agencies for bus and rail public
transportation systems throughout the United States.  He guided implementation of
FTA’s Public Transportation System Security and Emergency Preparedness
Planning Guide; the Transit Watch Security Initiative Program, and led the contractor
team for the Model Transit Bus Safety and Security Program.  In the wake of the
events of September 11, 2001, he developed and implemented the Five-Point
Homeland Security Program that provided a strategic plan for combating potential
acts of terrorism against public transportation agencies.
System Safety Programs Manager
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon7
The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation is responsible for safe, comfortable,
reliable and innovative transit systems that deliver transportation options to the
District of Oregon.  Mr. Saporta was responsible for developing and administering a
comprehensive rail and bus safety and emergency management program for the
transportation district.  In this capacity, Mr. Saporta was responsible for all safety
activities for the Banfield Light Rail Project and three rail extensions.

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