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WMATA sets aside $2 million for security


Yesterday, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) approved nearly $2 million in capital spending for new security tools and technology.

WMATA will use proceeds to award contracts for a range of items, including portable radiological detectors for transit police officers and a mobile incident command vehicle.

WMATA will issue 438 portable radiological detectors to its officers so they can learn about and respond to released or hidden radioactive agents inside Metrorail stations, tunnels, trains or buses, agency officials said in a prepared statement.

The mobile incident command vehicle will be used by first responders at the scene of a major service disruption or high-security event. The 35- to 40-foot vehicle will serve as a central location for WMATA officers to gather and share information, as well as a location for officers to more efficiently manage on-scene coordination with other responding agencies, officials said.