Washington Union Station Has Serious Security Vulnerabilities, Per Amtrak Inspector General Report

By Natalie Delgadillo, dcist; July 29, 2019

Washington’s Union Station and the Ivy City Yard maintenance facility continue to have serious security gaps that make them vulnerable to trespassers and potential safety problems, according to a report from Amtrak’s inspector general released last week.

Some of these security vulnerabilities allowed a driver in a red vehicle to trespass on company property and drive onto the train tracks in March, the report states. The company implemented some new security measures after the incident, but several problems remain that “are placing passengers and employees at risk,” per the report. (The inspector general’s office analyzed only the parts of Union Station that Amtrak owns or subleases.) WTOP was first to report on the inspector general’s findings.

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