Metro security drill to temporarily shut down Red Line

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Metro Transit Police and the DC Metropolitan Police Department will conduct a full-scale law enforcement exercise on Sunday morning (September 9, 2018) on the Red Line upper level at Gallery Place Station.

The live exercise will focus on preparation for an active threat on the Metrorail system and will simulate real-world conditions to test multi-agency response, coordination, and on-scene communication between first responders, rail operations staff and support personnel.

More than 100 emergency responders and staff are expected to participate in the exercise.

The exercise will begin at 7 a.m. and is expected to end no later than 2 p.m. DC Fire and EMS will also participate in the exercise.

Customer Information

During the exercise, the Red Line platforms at Metro Center and Gallery Place will be closed to the public. Both stations will be open for other lines:

    • Metro Center use the 12th & F and 12th & G streets entrances to access Orange, Silver and Blue line trains. Entrances at 11th & G and 13th & G streets will be closed.
    • Gallery Place use the 7th & H streets entrance to access Green and Yellow line trains. Entrances at 9th & G and 7th & F streets will be closed.
    • There will be no elevator access to the Yellow and Green lines at Gallery Place during the drill. Use Archives as an alternate.
    • Customers at these stations should follow directional signs and avoid crossing police lines or barricades.
  • Buses will replace Red Line trains between Farragut North and Judiciary Square from opening until approximately 2 p.m. Customers should tap their SmarTrip card when exiting and re-entering the Metrorail system from shuttle buses. Riders traveling through the work zone will be charged for a single, continuous trip.
  • Members of the public in and around Gallery Place may notice a large number of law enforcement and emergency vehicles. People may also hear sounds from simulated ammunition (blanks) during the drill. Please be assured that this is only a drill.