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[Photos] MARTA's $1.2 million mobile command vehicle

Security and Safety | December 19, 2017

The vehicle is tasked with providing the MARTA Police and Emergency Management Department with enhanced communication during events that affect the transit agency's operation.

MARTA unveils new mobile command vehicle

Security and Safety | November 7, 2017

The $1.2 million vehicle functions as a communication and command center for major sporting events, emergencies, and natural disasters.

October 25, 2017

Practice is Key for Incident Response on Rail Systems

Working in subway tunnels is difficult under any circumstances and when you have to maneuver around an electrified third rail in an environment with less lighting, the task is even more daunting. Now imagine what it is like during an emergency...

Security and Safety | September 27, 2017

WMATA report finds rail station managers unprepared for emergencies

Agency's quality control team says that inspectors found inoperative flash lights, expired first aid materials, and myriad inconsistent mechanisms for unlocking emergency lock boxes in a review of 19 stations over the summer.

Accessibility| September 1, 2017

Capital Metro steps up to rescue those impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The agency was able to send five vehicles for the transport of 10 wheelchair passengers from a medical facility in Corpus Christi, Texas to a shelter in San Antonio. They are also offering free passes and travel training to those people that are in shelters in Austin.

April 5, 2017

From Mobility to Emergencies: Public Transit's Role

Transit’s role as a public service is much more than driving millions of riders — many of whom have no other transportation option — every day. Mass transit authorities can often be called upon to assist during an emergency event.

Security and Safety | October 31, 2016

Amtrak earns accreditation for emergency management

The passenger rail network is the first railroad ever to earn the five-year accreditation — typically awarded to federal, state, local and tribal emergency response agencies.

Management & Operations| October 11, 2016

Senator calls for NJ Transit, Metro-North to improve communication during emergencies

Sen. Charles Schumer said that, while both railroads are making long-term plans to improve safety on the rails, there are short-term communications issues that can and must be dealt with on the heels of the NJT train crash in Hoboken just last week, which injured more than 100 and killed one person.

Security and Safety | July 29, 2015

D.C. Metro working on deal with wireless carriers to end tunnel dead spots

The lack of cell phone coverage was exposed most recently after the Jan. 12 smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza when passengers aboard Yellow Line train No. 302 struggled to connect to 911 as smoke filled the railcars just a few hundred feet south of the station platform.

Security and Safety | July 21, 2015

D.C. Metro announces new, fire liaison post at its Rail Control Center

This addition will provide a uniformed fire officer in the “nerve center” of the Metrorail system 40 hours a week to help coordinate emergency communication between Metro and first responders.

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