April 23, 2015 Amtrak and VRE Exercise Emergency Response

Kimberly Woods

Media Contact

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Simulated incident planned in First Street Tunnel on Friday, April 24

WASHINGTON – Amtrak, in coordination with Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and area first responders, will participate in a simulated incident in the First Street Tunnel at Washington Union Station from 9 pm to midnight on Friday, April 24, to test communications, drill coordination and response efforts should an emergency occur.

The exercise will simulate an incident between an Amtrak and a VRE train in the First Street Tunnel, and include volunteer passengers. The simulated incident will test the coordination of information and resources among multiple agencies, examine procedures and response, and assess implementation of the incident command system during an actual emergency.

Following the exercise, participating agencies will conduct an after action review.

There will be an increased presence of fire department and law enforcement personnel in the area as part of the simulated incident.

Washington Union Station will remain open and Amtrak and VRE service will operate as scheduled during the exercise.

About Amtrak®

Amtrak is America’s Railroad®, the nation’s intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator. Amtrak and its state and commuter partners move people, the economy and the nation forward. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. In FY 2014, nearly 31 million passengers traveled on Amtrak on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Enjoy the journey® at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter (@Amtrak) and check out our blog at blog.amtrak.com.

About Virginia Railway Express

VRE is a commuter railroad connecting northern Virginia to the centers of employment in an around the nation’s capital. VRE partners with Amtrak to connect to Washington Union Station. For more information, visit VRE.org for schedules, fares and other information.