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Fairfax County Police Unit Trained to Protect Tysons Corner Metro Station, Plaza



    Tysons Ready for Silver Line Opening

    The countdown to the Silver Line has thousands preparing for a new commute and a new route to a major shopping destination. In Tysons Corner, officers are making sure you're safe on the new Metro line. Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver shows us what some of the crowded walkways will soon be like. (Published Thursday, July 24, 2014)

    As Tysons Corner Center celebrated the opening of a new plaza connecting shoppers to Metro's Silver Line security is top of mind.

    The plaza is located off the Chain Bridge Road side of the shopping center, and it's connected by bridge to the Tysons Corner Station on the Silver Line.

    "Crossing busy roads in Tysons was a thing of the past," said Tysons Corner manager Cory Scott. "[You will] be able to go right into the shopping center and enjoy everything we have."

    Metro likewise is celebrating ahead of Saturday's launch by releasing a new TV ad showing riders having a good time.

    But amid the celebrating vigilant eyes watched the newly opened plaza. They were members of the nine-person Tysons Urban Team - or TUT.

    They're Fairfax County officers trained for city policing and they're back from a week in Boston where they prepared for public transit disasters.

    "We are going to be very visible on the platforms riding the trains, and in and out of the stations," said Lt. Chuck Riddle, who leads TUT.

    He is readying his team for the changing Tysons skyline.

    "These buildings are getting higher and higher and they take some different techniques to be able to effectively respond and proactively police them," he said.

    Fairfax County TUT officers will work with Metro Transit police

    Metro's General Manager Richard Sarles told reporters he's confident the Silver Line will be safe.

    "We hired additional police to cover the line, but we will be policing in the same manner that we police the rest of the system," he said.