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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 03/27/2010

Metro to stage emergency drills

By Washington Post editors

Metro will stage simulated explosions on a train and bus this weekend as the transit system continues a series of emergency exercises, Get There reports.

The first drill this weekend will take place at 1 a.m. Sunday when the agency simulates an explosion on a rail car in the tunnel between Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn stations.

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.

By Washington Post editors  | March 27, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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How many of these drills does metro need to perform? And at what cost?

Posted by: Axel2 | March 27, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

It shouldn't matter how many drills or at what cost. Preparing Metro staff to deal with such emergencies is the cost of doing business. I'm glad they're performing the drills and I'm glad they're announcing them.

Now, if they'd only run 8-car trains during rush hours we'd all be better off!

Posted by: luv2bikva | March 28, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't the 1st responders get a better sense of a REAL EMERGENECY situation, if it was NOT broadcast beforehand?

Looking back, I believe the response of the RED LINE CRASH (2009. . 9 ppl dead) was 1st rate & a credit should go to those that responded, and a prayer to those that lost loved ones, in that disaster.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | March 28, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's start simply by staging the "emergency" and broadcasting it. From there we can move to staging the emergency but not broadcasting it.

Posted by: WPReaderID | March 29, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

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