The ATTACS (Assessing the socio-economic impacts of Terrorist Threats or Attacks following the Close down of public transportation Systems) project aims to build a tool to support decision making in the field of transports protection.
The urban transportation system is an attractive target for terrorists. By a wide range of weapons, terrorists could shoot down either a local transportation line or an entire network.
This disruption can be magnified if the attack causes terror in the population, which leads government officials, media, and the public to engage in costly preventive actions. The immediate effect would be hundreds of deaths and a cost to the line industry and payments to the families of deceased passengers, as well as reduced demand for those transportation services.
The tool will enable transports operators and authorities to estimate all the economic and societal implications of a forced close down of part (or the whole) of their public transport system, hence be able to make better, informed, security related decisions. The main beneficiaries of the project are the transport operators and authorities, but also the society and the transport passengers, addressing in particular the objective 2 of the EU Internal Security Strategy on protecting transport systems.