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From: csvc@wmata.com [mailto:csvc@wmata.com]

Sent: Monday, December 27, 2010 9:10 AM




Thank you for contacting Metro regarding the decision to increase security by conducting random inspections of carry-on items and bags.

This program is part of our continued commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our customers and employees, a commitment that requires a continuously changing law enforcement posture and deployment of best practices.  The program the Metro Transit Police are deploying is modeled after successful programs currently in use by other transit properties across the United States, including those in New York City and Boston.

Metro Transit Police officers are using modern scanning technology, and the inspections are non-intrusive.  The amount of time the actual inspection will take is very brief and will allow customers to move through the inspection point very quickly.  The purpose of the inspection is to detect any explosive material and prevent it from being brought into the Metro system.

Customers who encounter a baggage inspection station may choose not to have their carry-on item or bag inspected.  If a customer elects not to have carry-on items inspected, the customer will be prohibited from bringing those items into the Metro system.

Some baggage inspection stations may be staffed with Metro Transit Police officers and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers.  This is in collaboration with our federal partners in an effort to thwart and prevent terrorism.

Once again, thank you for sharing your thoughts about our latest security efforts, which are focused on providing an additional layer of protection to our customers and employees.  You may find additional information regarding our baggage inspection program at the following Web link: http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4776.

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