MARTA plans for emergency drill

ATLANTA — MARTA will conduct its annual emergency training exercise involving a staged emergency incident at College Park Station from 8 p.m. Oct. 5 until 5 a.m. on Oct. 6.

According to a MARTA press release the annual training exercises and drills are intended to provide the opportunity for the MARTA Police Department, MARTA staff and other emergency response agencies to address simulated incidents such as terrorist attacks, pandemics or natural disasters in real-life settings.

MARTA officials said in the press release, the exercise will have a minimal impact on regular service, and the major portions of the exercise will occur either at the end of or after revenue service.

Street closures will take effect at approximately 11 p.m. on Oct. 5. These closures are listed above.

Emergency vehicles will be on-site and running, with responders simulating normal responses. Residents of the vicinity of the station may hear loud noises, combined with light and smoke in the area. The use of sirens and public address systems will be limited to reduce the overall level in the neighborhood surrounding College Park Station.

With this exercise, MARTA is serving as a test location for a joint U.S. Transportation Security Administration Intermodal Security Training and Exercise Program (I-STEP), designed to enhance security capabilities, build partnerships and gain valuable insights into transportation security.

This year’s emergency drill is being conducted in coordination with the TSA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the College Park Fire and Police Departments, the East Point Fire and Police Departments, Atlanta Police and Fire Departments and other local partners.

The Federal Transit Administration and Department of Homeland Security require that transit agencies of MARTA’s size conduct these training exercises to evaluate plans and response capabilities in the event of an emergency situation.