Security drill at train stations finished
A surprise security drill at Maryland train stations, which raised curiosity among many morning rail commuters, is over now and has been pronounced a success.
Col. John E. Gavrilis, chief of the Maryland Transit Administration Police, said the exercise at multiple Maryland MARC stations was part of a a larger operation including law enforcement agencies along the Eastern Seaboard.
The drill, which was not announced in advance, lasted from about 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., Gavrilis said. It included a variety of agencies, including federal air marshals, the Transportation Security Administration, the MTA police, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Baltimore Police Department and other local police agencies. The event was not announced by the MTA until after it was over.
Among other things, Gavrilis said, the exercise was used to test the compatibility of various agenciies' communications systems -- a critical weakness identified after 9/11. Gavriilis said the systems tested out well.
"There were no unusual events -- extremely high praise from the public," he said.
Gavrilis said such tests take place almost weekly but that this one was on a larger scale than the typical drilll.