In light of Metro's simulated "active shooter" exercise, we thought this post appropriate. In all of 2009, at Metro's 10 most dangerous stations, there were 19 reports of assaults.
On Feb. 15, at 5:15 p.m., on the Green Line toward Greenbelt, the train was held at Shaw station for about 15 minutes while a blue-clad man with white "police" on his shirt back very purposefully walked through train cars with a pistol drawn, pointing it at the ground.
Of course, there was no explanation from Metro other than "we're holding for a few minutes."
Imagine the carnage of a shoot out in a Metro car or on a subway platform?
Not content with terrifying riders with routine mechanical failures, Metro now allows police with guns drawn to walk through cars looking for ... what? Coffee drinkers? Cheetos eaters? Weapon toting gangsters?
Everyone in the car sat there, eyes wide open, mouths agape.
Is Metro going for its own reality TV show?
Could we expect Virginians with permits to carry concealed weapons to join in the posse and shoot out?
What's the policy on this?
Metro ignored warnings about mixed brand signaling equipment (WaPo)
Weather may have halted repairs before crash (Fox)
Tri-State Oversight Committee has possible conflict of interest (WAMU)