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Metro to stage anti-terrorism drills

Metro stages a show of force at Union Station on Feb. 2 as part of a series of emergency response drills. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

Metro will stage simulated explosions on a train and bus this weekend as the transit system continues a series of emergency exercises that test its coordination with other regional agencies.

Metro most recently began conducting drills last month, even staging a display of force at Union Station during a morning rush hour.

The first drill this weekend will take place at 1 a.m. Sunday when the agency simulates an explosure explosion on a rail car in the tunnel between Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn stations. According to a press release, "emergency personnel will be responding to the incident to find a scene representative of hundreds of injured passengers and multiple fatalities."

Metro said the system will remain open during the exercise. After 11 p.m., Blue Line trains will share one track between Foggy Bottom and Arlington, and Orange Line trains will share one track between Foggy Bottom and Court House. Riders using the Rosslyn Station should expect to see "numerous police, fire and emergency response vehicles, first responders and volunteer 'victims,'" Metro said.

A second drill will take place at 10 a.m. March 29 in the parking lot at RFK Stadium. The exercise will simulate an explosion on a bus, "discovery of a second explosive on a bus in a garage," and reports of other explosives on other buses. Metro said activity will take place between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Participating agencies include: police, fire and emergency medical services departments from Arlington County, Alexandria, the District, Fairfax County, Prince George's County, Montgomery County, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American Red Cross.

The exercises are being paid for through a $1.2 million Homeland Security grant.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 22, 2010; 2:19 PM ET
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An "explosure"? That's a good one...did metro write that for you?

Posted by: Razor04 | March 22, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Heads up! The maggots might 'go live,' as they did on 9/11 and on the 4th of March, at the Pentagon.
See: Pentagon Shooting 'Oddities' --

Metro Transit Police stage large anti-terrorism drill 03 Feb 2010 (DC) Metro Transit Police staged their largest anti-terrorism sweep ever during Tuesday morning's rush hour, as about 50 officers -- some toting M-4 rifles and others guiding bomb-sniffing dogs -- took up position in Union Station in a new initiative aimed at discouraging [?!?] attacks. In the coming months, they plan to hold similar drills for the effort, dubbed Blue TIDE (Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort). Metro is planning exercises this month modeled after terrorist attacks in Madrid, London and Mumbai. About 200 to 300 police officers and other emergency responders from across the region will take part in tactical exercises Feb. 12, 13 and 24 that will include simulations of the bombing of a Metrobus, an explosion in the tunnel between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stations, and shooters at the Friendship Heights Metro station.

Lori Price
Managing Editor
Citizens For Legitimate Government

Posted by: lorifromclg | March 22, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

That's some great security theater.

Posted by: wpjunk | March 22, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

They're not "anti-terrorism" drills, they're POST-terrorism drills.

Posted by: corrections | March 22, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

To 'corrections:' Since multiple drills at multiple locations transpired on 9/11 (I know: Holy coincidence, Batman!) I'd actually call them 'terror-enabling' drills. :)
Lori Price

Posted by: lorifromclg | March 22, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Given Metro's record driving trains, if they got into the airplane business a replay of 9/11 would no doubt be the result.

Posted by: corrections | March 23, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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