Metro steps up security, holds drills
1:30 P.M. UPDATE: Metro said the exercise ended about 1 p.m. Monday. Participants included the Metro Transit Police explosives detection team, D.C. police and emergency crews and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The event simulated an explosion on a Metrobus with multiple fatalities and injuries, along with a second explosive device being found in a bus garage and reports of additional devices on other buses.
Metro has been performing emergency drills since last month with a $1.2 million grant provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
12:15 P.M. UPDATE: According to D.C. Fire/EMS officials the Metro exercise at RFK Stadium "went well." Emergency crews "treated" dozens of patients during the simulation. More than 150 D.C. Fire/EMS staffers and other personnel participated, they said.
Metro stepped up security on Monday in the wake of the Moscow subway bombings, sending transit police and bomb-sniffing dogs on random sweeps through rail stations and yards, while police conducted "high visibility" patrols, according to a statement by Metro.
"When we opened the Metro system this morning, we did so with heightened security," said Metro Transit Police Acting Chief Jeri Lee in the statement. "We remain an open system and we do what we can to be as secure as possible."
Lee said the transit agency will maintain the heightened security "at least through the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit scheduled in Washington in a few weeks and we are partnering with Federal and local law enforcement for security related to that summit," Lee said.
Metro is conducting a series of anti-terrorism drills to test emergency responses, including an exercise on Monday that simulates a bus explosion in the parking lot of RFK Stadium. Last weekend, another drill simulated an explosion in an underground subway train that caused several fatalities and injuries.
-- Ann Scott Tyson
Metro increases patrols after Moscow bombings
Locations of the station sweeps are not being announced in advance. Expect to see more Metro Transit Police officers and K-9 teams throughout the day.
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