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Bus-driving impostor prompts Metro to tighten security and review policy

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 13, 2010; B08

Metro is increasing security at its bus facilities after a teenager wearing a Metro uniform drove off in a bus from a Bladensburg garage Friday and picked up passengers before crashing into a tree, officials said.

Metro expects to complete its investigation this week into the incident in which William Jackson, 19, of the District was allegedly waved into the garage by security guards, started a bus that didn't require a key and drove off along the B2 route, the transit authority said.

"Work is underway to enhance security at Metro facilities," said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel in a statement. "Over the next week, Metro will increase security presence at its Metrobus facilities and begin to implement further security checks of personnel entering and exiting each of its bus facilities. Policy and procedures are also being reviewed."

He said other initiatives already underway will improve security at bus garages, including installing more fencing, lighting and security cameras, as well as "the installation of technology to verify driver identification and provide an ability to remotely disable buses."

According to Metro Transit Police, Jackson was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and fleeing an accident.

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