Management & Operations

Bomb sniffing dogs patrol Maryland transit systems

Posted on May 3, 2006

Three explosives detection canine teams have begun patrols of Maryland's bus and rail systems as part of expanded national efforts to secure mass transit, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday. Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) officers started using three German Shepards to sniff for explosives on MARC, MTA buses and light rail vehicles. The officers participated in a TSA training course in San Antonio, Texas, where they learned how to handle the dogs. In addition to handler skills, the officers learned explosives safety, and safe handling and accountability of explosives canine training aids. Launched in August 2005, the mass transit canine initiative looks to expand on TSA's training program, which involved 400 dogs at 77 airports nationwide. The canine program, a partnership between the federal government and local transportation entities, pays to train the dogs, provides in-depth training for the handler, and partially reimburses the participating agency for costs associated with the teams, such as salaries and veterinary care. Baltimore's MTA and MdTA are among the first systems in the country to have all three teams on the job as part of this program.

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

More News

13th Annual National Dump the Pump Day Is today!

Public awareness day encourages people to "Dump the Pump" by parking their car and riding a bus or train instead.

New report blames NYC ridership dip on TNC growth

Overall, subway and bus ridership dropped by 5.6% in March 2018, compared to the previous, which is the biggest year-over-year drop since December 2017.

Palm Tran celebrates 41-year career of bus operator

The agency recognized Bus Operator Tom Romano's 41 years of service.

Diversity, health care, and public transit linked to well-being, study says

Well-being — defined as an individual's assessment of his or her health and quality of life — is associated with longevity and better health outcomes.

Feasibility study looks for multimodal options in Atlanta airport area

This fall the Aerotropolis CID and the VHB team plan to host an “Innovation Summit” highlighting cutting-edge mobility technologies.

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

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

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