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Metro will use a $350,000 grant to thwart potential IED threats to the transportation system.
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Metro will use a $350,000 grant to thwart potential IED threats to the transportation system.

Metro is taking steps to protect itself and its riders from improvised explosive devices.

IEDs are commonly found on the battlegrounds of Iraq and Afghanistan, but Metro is concerned one could be detonated here on one of its buses or trains.

It's using a $350,000 grant to pay for more anti-terrorism training, as well as for equipment that can jam the signals of radio-controlled explosive devices.

The grant will also allow Metro to participate in the FBI's National Electronic Countermeasures Program.

Last week, the FBI apprehended a man it says was plotting to detonate bombs in several Metro stations.

Metro's board of directors is expected to formally approve the IED grant later this month.

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