MARTA terror attack simulation to cause train delays

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ATLANTA – MARTA will experience alarms, smoke and panicked screams in Midtown late Saturday into Sunday. 

Don’t worry: It’s all planned.

But some riders are going to have to deal with delays.

It’s part of the transit system’s full-scale emergency preparedness exercise at the Midtown station from 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. 

MARTA police Lt. Aston Greene, who is leading the simulation, said 17 federal, state and local agencies will participate in the exercise, intended to provide real-life training for first responders. 

“There will be simulated gunfire and people appearing to be injured,” Green said at a news conference Thursday. “It’s similar to a Hollywood production, but it helps to increase training.”

The training has been in the works since January through a federal grant from the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, which provides law enforcement agencies with a set of guidelines and suggestions in addressing national emergencies. 


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“These exercises are a critical tool that enable us to assess our response to crisis situations and identify areas for improvements,” MARTA CEO Keith Parker said in a statement. “The recent terror attack on London’s rail system as well as natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma underscore the importance of running various scenarios.” 

At 9 p.m. Saturday, service on the northbound and…

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