Safer Transportation in Metro-DC

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties

Safer TransportationSeptember 11, 2001, was unquestionably a day of great tragedy.  However, the lessons learned from that day have led to positive changes that will better protect DC Metro citizens should the unthinkable happen again. The increased security for Montgomery County’s transportation services is a great example of how things have improved.

 

Currently, over 90 percent of the new Ride On buses in Bethesda and elsewhere have digital cameras with wireless internet which allows events to be monitored in real time. On-board GPS systems track bus locations, and silent alarm systems can alert authorities to a potential threat. About 75 percent of the entire Metro bus fleet now has enhanced surveillance cameras, and there are information displays on all platforms to keep passengers informed.  Intercoms in all rail cars allow riders to report an emergency to conductors. Emergency plans will point drivers on state roads to a safe area if an issue arises.

 

Actually, our Metro Police began anti-terrorism training some 15 years ago after the 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo Metro system. In the years after 9/11, our Metro system gained 100 officers and started adding new technology to trains, buses and various stations. However the most far-reaching effect of 9/11 was to get state and local agencies to communicate more effectively with each other in the event of an emergency, taking input from all sources about what would and would not work in each situation.

 

The consensus is that working together in preparation for a major event has helped the smaller events to be more easily addressed and solved. No one wants another terrorist attack, but it’s good to know that our state and local transportation services are trained and ready to help the DC Metro public should it occur.

 

It’s great to be in an area where public safety is paramount and people work to help each other. Come and experience a great place to live! Contact me, Mynor Herrera, today for expert help buying or selling in the DC, MD, & VA areas! I also specialize in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, as well as the sub-divisions of Rosemary Hills, Rock Creek Forest, East Bethesda & Whitehall Condominium.

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Comments (5)

Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

The number of cameras and the ability to look at everything through the eyes of the cameras should help to deter crime.  Thanks for sharing this information

Sep 10, 2011 03:36 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Public safety is so important. I'm glad to hear that many improvments have been made and that everyone will be safer than before.

Sep 10, 2011 03:44 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Mynor,

Good to hear about the new improvements with the Ride On buses and the expansion in communication has already proved to already be helpful in other aspects of emergencies. We've seen it here in the southland.

Sep 10, 2011 03:47 PM
Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV
CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com

Interesting perspective!  I have been there and its pretty scary ti thin about being trapped down there ... what do we do?

Sep 10, 2011 04:34 PM
Mynor Herrera
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Mynor Herrera, GRI

Thanks for your thoughtful comments, everyone!

Sep 11, 2011 03:42 PM