Simulate Terror Attack Subway by DHS

By: John Lester
Staff Writer
Published: Aug 22, 2021

Simulate terror attack subway will be conducted in Boston for an entire week.

Simulate terror attack subway by DHS. Department of Homeland Security wants to simulate a terror attack using the Boston subway. The subway test will simulate a terror attack on how toxic chemicals and biological weapons might spread.

They began the study at the oldest subway system in the country, the MTBA. Friday the scientists simulated a terror attack on the subway system in Boston. This study is commissioned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to figure out ways to quickly minimize the impact of an airborne assault on the nation's 15 subway systems and protect the nation's infrastructure.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, U.S. subway systems include 810 miles of track in tunnels and accounted for about 3.45 billion trips taken last year. Scientistsconducting the study are monitoring concentration of the gases that are invisible to the naked eye and nontoxic. The researchers are using electronic devices to take air samples at more than 20 Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stations and in subway cars.

Donna Derochers, a legal secretary from Halifax, stated that she wasn't thrilled with the idea of the study. "It's scary because you are going to find out what could actually happen. You might not want to know," Derochers said in a statement. "You may not want to ride the 'T' ever again."

Derochers further explains, "Though the study focuses on the deliberate release of chemical or biological agents, it also will help researchers understand airflow characteristics for smoke or unintentional spills of chemicals or fuels, stated the Department of Homeland Security," she said. "The MBTA is working closely with our federal partners in order to make the transit system as safe as possible," MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan said in a statement.

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