WMATA receives $9.5M anti-terrorism funding

Posted on August 6, 2009

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Transit Police Department (MTPD) will receive $9.56 million under the Transit Security Grant Program from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fund 20 additional officers.


Metro will use the grant to establish, equip and train five, four-person anti-terrorism teams whose activities focus on terrorism prevention. The teams will focus on deterring potential terrorists from selecting Metro as a target and increase random patrols of Metro facilities and vehicles; decrease response times for calls for service directly related to suspicious packages, people or threats; and provide a constant, uniformed, high-visibility patrol directed toward anti-terror.


The anti-terrorism teams also will increase intelligence gathering, enhance cooperation and information sharing with federal and local law enforcement, and implement new technology to prevent and identify threats related to terrorism.


MTPD also has been awarded $1.8 million in DHS Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants, which will be used for expanding the chemical detection program and upgrading radio communications.


Approximately $1.3 million of UASI funding will expand Metro’s chemical detection program to two more stations, and $500,000 will pay for upgrades to improve radio communications in Metro tunnels in Prince George’s County.


“We’re grateful to the Department of Homeland Security for the grants, which we intend to put to use right away,” said Metro GM John Catoe.


View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Fla.'s JTA sets launch date for new BRT service

The 9.4 mile Green Line on the North Corridor will feature direct, high-frequency service; 18 branded stations; complimentary Wi-Fi, a Park-n-Ride lot, and real-time bus arrival information.

Canadian bus service to block Internet streaming

Some customers have reported slow internet service, while others couldn't connect at al, due to Internet streaming issues.

Nova Bus names new east coast regional sales manager

Prior to joinging Nova, John Manzi served as eastern regional transit sales manager for a major transmission manufacturer.

Shuttle, circulator routes drawing thousands of riders in Miami

These services carried more than eight million passengers last year in 27 municipalities and are praised by riders and public officials alike as successful transit programs.

Calif.'s VVTA unveils Google trip planner update, web app

VVTA staff coordinated with the county and cities to maintain route and stop accuracy throughout the release cycle. Meeting the needs of the many departments at each agency added to the complexity of the project.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close