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Metra receives $3.7 million transit security grant


Metra has obtained a $3.7 million federal transit security grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to bolster three security projects.

The Chicago-area commuter railroad will use $2.8 million of the proceeds to enhance rail yard security. In addition, $294,000 will go toward Metra's public awareness campaign, while the remaining $662,500 will be used to purchase new radio equipment for Metra Police.

The projects are "key to improving Metra's security capabilities," agency officials said in a press release.

Administered by FEMA, the transit security grant program provides funding for transit agencies across the United States. The grants are aimed at allowing agencies to "build and sustain core capabilities" for reaching FEMA's "national preparedness goal," according to the federal agency's website.

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