Chemical/Biological Emergency Management Information System-WMATA

The objective of this project is to enhance the existing systems-based approach for responding to chemical agent releases in the open environment of subways and rail tunnel systems. Transit agencies need effective support systems and reliable chemical detection technology to address this threat. Strengthening the security and emergency preparedness of transit systems against weapons of mass destruction is top priority in public transit. This project was undertaken to demonstrate and evaluate the operation and effectiveness of chemical agent detectors installed to harden the security and emergency preparedness at underground transit facilities in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) subway system. Operational tests will be conducted to determine the reliability and maintainability of chemical agent detectors at high threat transit stations. The project supports the PROTECT program--the National Nuclear Security Administration, Chemical/Biological National Security Program--that addresses the challenges of protecting the citizenry gathered in subways, airports and other interior spaces from chemical or biological attacks, by developing prototype warning and response systems. The project supports the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy to enhance homeland security through the demonstration, evaluation, and deployment of innovative approaches to preparing for, and responding to terrorism.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $1700000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Transit Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Crawley, Rhonda

    • Performing Organizations:

      Department of Energy

      Office of Transportation Systems
      Washington, DC  United States  20585
    • Principal Investigators:

      Policastro, Anthony

    • Start Date: 20020900
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20031200
    • Source Data: RiP Project 9375

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01458834
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DC-40-7001
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:51PM