The Washington, D.C., Metrorail can’t afford interruptions. Not when it’s responsible for transporting commuters to and from some of the nation’s most important government facilities, including the Pentagon. So when a federal grant was made available to help fund necessary security upgrades, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) turned to Tyco Integrated Security. Drawing on our unique resources and proven experience, we were able to offer a solution that integrates intrusion detection, access control and fire alarm into one system. And by helping streamline the Metrorail’s security system, we did the same for their entire operation.


With 83 stations and 103 miles of track, the Washington, D.C., Metrorail system is often hailed as one of the finest in the country. Serving some of the national capital’s most important government facilities, including the Pentagon, Metrorail required a number of security enhancements in the aftermath of 9/11. A multimillion dollar grant was made available through the federal government to fund an upgrade.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority selected Tyco Integrated Security to provide integrated intrusion detection, access control and fire alarm systems in a majority of the underground stations. David Couch, director of infra structural renewal for WMATA, said Tyco Integrated Security was chosen because the company offered the best integrated security products and programs to meet Metrorail’s needs.


Tyco Integrated Security installed panels that integrated intrusion detection, access control and fire alarm technologies within Metrorail stations in 2003. The integrated system provides a single interface that is very cost-efficient and easy to use. The system provides perimeter and internal protection as well as tracking of access to critical areas. Currently in development is the centralized command center that will provide monitoring for the entire system.

Transportation security is not exactly new to us

The Metrorail is only one example of Tyco Integrated Security’s commitment to transportation security initiatives. We have also worked with the Port of Oakland, most of the Category X airports and a number of other clients with specialized needs. Then again, we have been providing solutions for the emerging needs of businesses for over 130 years. Go to transportation to see how we’ve helped other clients. You’ll find that when handling complex projects in today’s environment, there’s really no substitute for experience.

About Tyco Integrated Security 

Tyco Integrated Security is focused on commercial security. Tyco Integrated Security’s total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, closed-circuit television, access control, critical conditions monitoring and integrated systems.

For more information on Tyco Integrated Security's Transportation Solutions call 1-800-289-2647.

Information in this article is current as of May 2009, the publication date.