Chemical Agent Detection Technology

: Strengthening and accelerating the security and emergency preparedness of transit systems against weapons of mass destruction is top priority in public transit. Prototype warning and response systems are being developed that exploit advances in technology and existing infrastructure. 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 activity is designed to accelerate the chemical agent detection program for underground transit facilities, providing immediate protection against potential chemical terrorism for the WMATA subway system and to serve as a model for other transit systems in the nation. This project supports the PROTECT program??the National Nuclear Administration's Chemical and Biological National Security Program that is addressing the challenges of protecting the citizenry gathered in subways, airports and other interior spaces from chemical or biological attacks. The project furthers the effort, under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of Transportation and Energy, to enhance homeland security through the demonstration, evaluation, and deployment of innovative approaches to counter-terrorism.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $1700000.00
    • Contract Numbers:


    • 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 8410

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459112
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DC-40-7001
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:57PM