Metro Police Get Backup for Inauguration

Transit system increases security for inauguration

Thursday, Jan 8, 2009  |  Updated 10:06 PM EDT
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Metro Finalizing Inauguration Day Plans

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Passengers ride on a Metro train as a police officer of the Metro Transit Police Department patrols the car.

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Metro Finalizing Inauguration Day Plans

Metro is finalizing its plans for handling expected record crowds on Inauguration Day.
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WASHINGTON -- More than 100 police officers from 14 transit agencies will help with Metro security during the inauguration, the transit system said.

 
They will be joined by federal law enforcement and local police departments to help oversee the bus and rail system, which is bracing for record ridership.
 
Several hundred volunteers also will assist customers who are unfamiliar with Metro. They will hand out maps and help customers with fare machines.
 
Metro continues to warn passengers of packed railcars and long lines. General Manager John Catoe is comparing the crush to "the Fourth of July several times over."
 
To help alleviate crowding on trains, Metro will run 22 dedicated bus routes to downtown along major corridors in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
 
 

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