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Posted at 3:02 PM ET, 02/10/2011

WMATA board won't stop bag searches

By David Alpert

WMATA CEO Richard Sarles and Chief Michael Taborn retain the authority to keep randomly checking riders' bags, after only Tommy Wells and Kathy Porter stood up clearly opposed to the program during a board discussion today.

Others either cited a belief that the bag searches were just, or an unwillingness to stop even an unjust program against the bugaboo of security.

Tom Downs, new D.C. member, longtime transit professional, and chair of the Customer Service and Operations Committee, introduced the discussion by announcing that the board felt it "knew what it was doing" when it delegated authority to the general manager and police chief to make decisions about security measures including bag searches.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | February 10, 2011; 3:02 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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