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Metro Chief Wants Evacuation Plan

Metro Chief Executive Richard A. White said yesterday he is alarmed by a lack of coordination among the many agencies that control the region’s road and transit systems and fears that this weakness will trap people in the event of another terrorist attack. “I wake up in a cold sweat regularly, wondering how bad is it going to be and how long is it going to take to get people out,” said White, who has been calling for better teamwork among transportation providers since Sept. 11, 2001. Although much time and money has been spent to improve emergency response since the attack on the Pentagon, White said, not enough attention has been paid to the challenge of moving people in and around the capital during a crisis. The problem, he said, is that control of the road network is splintered among two states, one city and the federal government while transit is divided among Metro, several private bus companies and two commuter railroads. “Who’s in charge? Nobody’s in charge,” White said after a meeting of Metro directors about safety and security. “This region is so complex, nobody’s in charge at the regional level.” Full Story

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