Chemical/Biological Emergency Management Information System-MBTA

The objective of this project is to create a systems-based approach to chemical agent releases in enclosed rail facilities, and to provide transit agencies with chemical detection technology to address the threat of weapons of mass destruction. The open environment of subways, and other rail transit tunnel systems leave them particularly vulnerable to chemical terrorism. This project enables the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to demonstrate and evaluate a prototype chemical agent sensor system to respond to terrorism--one that strengthens the security and emergency preparedness of an underground transit station in the MBTA system. The project will build upon lessons learned from the chemical agent sensor program initiated at the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) system. Project activities will determine the effectiveness of chemical-agent detectors at high threat subway stations in Boston. Chemical agent detection technologies and video surveillance equipment will be installed, tested and evaluated at the MBTA subway stations. Operational tests will be conducted to determine the reliability and maintainability of the chemical agent detectors at high threat stations in Boston. This project advances the PROTECT program (Program for Response Options and Technology Enhancements for Chemical/Biological Terrorism) - a program for chemical and biological preparedness designed to improve the safety and security of transit systems against attacks by weapons of mass destruction. The project was undertaken through an interagency partnership between the FTA, MBTA, Departments of Energy and Homeland Security--to determine the effectiveness of chemical-agent detection devices at underground transit systems.