A federal agency is seeking to boost efforts to protect the nation’s transportation systems after a deadly crash that killed more than 60 people in Ukraine last month.
AgForce Transportation Services, which is led by a veteran of the World Trade Center bombing and is responsible for securing the nations major highways, said on Tuesday that it is seeking a waiver from a recent rule aimed at helping the government better protect the transportation network.
The rule, which has not yet been finalized, requires that AgForce take on the responsibility of coordinating safety efforts and coordinate with the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) on potential safety issues in the transportation system, AgForce said in a statement.
Agforce has been operating under a temporary waiver, which expires at the end of the month, for two years, but the agency said it is looking for an extension for as long as necessary.
The agency said the move comes amid heightened concerns about safety following a string of incidents that have killed at least 43 people in Russia, Ukraine and China.
In June, a plane crashed into the Black Sea in the city of Volgograd killing all 224 people aboard.
The TSB blamed a software glitch for the crash.
In July, a jetliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in the Black and Baltic Seas, killing all 154 on board.
AgService is responsible in large part for securing railroads and highways, including the U.S. West Coast and the Gulf Coast, Agforce said.
It also works closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which enforces the federal regulations and regulations of air transportation.
The agencies Transportation Safety Bureau (TSBC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are also investigating the crash, which occurred in Ukraine on July 17.
The TSB and TSA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.