Metro’s Response To Alert Delayed

Another shining example of WMATA (Metro) competence. In this time of heightened alert for transit, a MetroRail operator responded to a report of a suspicious bag on the train by telling people to move it so she could close the doors. The train then proceeded through two more stations as passengers frantically evacuated on their own before transit police were finally called to investigate.

The bag was harmless—some kid had forgotten it at an earlier station—but Metro’s handling of the situation is truly frightening. Reports of unattended bags must be taken seriously, now more than ever. The MetroRail operator should be thrown in prison on hundreds of counts of reckless endangerment (one for each passenger on the train, every customer who was in a station the train passed through, and every passenger on trains that passed in the opposite direction in the same tunnels). Additionally, WMATA should be investigated and fined heavily by the Transportation Security Administration.

Metro has proven it is incapable of learning without getting smacked upside the head. For this, they should be smacked very, very hard.

Scott Bradford has been putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.