Metro relaunches safety awareness campaign

[This post has been updated]

Metro is relaunching its safety awareness campaign as part of a regional effort among transit agencies.

Metro’s campaign, known for its slogan “See Something, Say Something,” is being done in conjunction with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Virginia Railway Express, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The relaunch occurs as the nation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but Metro did not receive any specific threats to its bus and rail system, said Dan Stessel, the agency’s chief spokesman.

“What is being seen now is the first phase of a larger program, building on past campaigns and intended to refresh the message and re-engage the public,” he said.

The campaign is being promoted at securetransit.org. It is meant to be a reminder for customers to speak up if they see a suspicious package or unattended item and report it to authorities, Stessel said.

“Customers add additional eyes and ears to reporting suspicious bags,” he said. “It is important for all of us to remain vigilant to keep the system safe.”

The program also includes several events scheduled at busy transit stations “to raise awareness of warning signs of suspicious activities,” according to the Web site.

Upcoming locations include:

• Sept. 21: King Street station, 3 to 8 p.m.

Sept. 27: Rockville station, 6 to 11 a.m.

• Oct. 12: Franconia-Springfield station, 3 to 8 p.m.

Oct. 18: New Carrollton station, 3 to 8 p.m.

• Oct. 27: L’Enfant Plaza station, 6 to 11 a.m.

• Nov. 23: Union station, 7 a.m. to noon.

Metro deployed additional Transit Police and other personnel this past weekend as the nation marked the anniversary of 9/11.

In June, Metro had a bomb scare on the Red Line when a McLean woman made a threat on a train at Rockville station. There was no bomb, and no one was injured.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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