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Security patrols at 2 stations

People using the Union Station and New Carrollton stations will see security patrols during the evening rush hour. It's part of a joint operation involving Transportation Security Administration personnel and local police agencies, including Metro Transit Police. This is not in response to any specific threat.

The operation, called RAIL SAFE, will be in progress at transportation centers across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. It is scheduled to start at Union Station and New Carrollton at 3 p.m.

Metro riders and suburban rail riders will see quite a force of transit police officers, including the anti-terrorism and K-9 teams along with their explosives-detecting dogs. They'll be checking on the trains as well as the stations.

Operation RAIL SAFE is intended to showcase the cooperation among the various transportation security forces in the corridor from Maine to Virginia. (For those of you who track acronyms: RAIL SAFE is Regional Alliance Including Local, State and Federal Efforts.)

By Robert Thomson  |  May 27, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , Safety , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, metrorail delays  
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There was definitely more visible security in the Pentagon station this morning. It was more than I generally see even when there is a specific threat, so I wonder if that was part of this program as well?

Posted by: fedup81 | May 27, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

If we have to put up with security theatre, could they at least wear INS jackets?

Posted by: seraphina21 | May 27, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I rarely see a Metro police officer on a train - especially when there is a panhandler asking for money or a tourist snacking on a hotdog. The only WMATA officers I see are lollygagging around outside the faregates looking like someone sitting atop a feather duster.

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | May 27, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Viennacommuter1,tis a rare thing when you actually see a metro officer in the metro. Fort Totten seems to be crawling with them in the evening, outside of the actual station. Yet everything that happens, is within the walls of the station. Hmmm...where are they when there are kids fighting on the train...or throwing things that could injure others... One has to wonder

Posted by: DCer10 | May 27, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

TSA stop being so stupid in telling the world where you are - showcasing a joint operations, how about keeping your damn mouth shut so anyone with a bomb would have to guess where you are not.

Posted by: geg5100 | May 27, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of dudes with sub-machine guns at Union Station yesterday (Thursday, May 27) 'round 3:30pm.

Posted by: steampunk | May 28, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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