Metro says it is working to enhance security at its facilities, just days after a bus was stolen from a garage and reportedly driven on its regular route by a teen in a Metro uniform.
The agency already has taken some action, according to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel, but plans to increase security further this week, including adding security checks of employees entering and exiting each of its bus facilities.
In the long term, the agency is considering adding more fencing, lighting and security cameras, plus new technology to verify driver identification and disable buses remotely, he said.
Meanwhile, agency officials are still investigating the case. William Jackson, 19, of the District of Columbia is facing charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and fleeing an accident.
Metro says the teen was wearing a bus operator’s uniform when he entered the Bladensburg bus facility and took off with a bus.
Metro said said he drove the bus on Friday afternoon, crashed into a tree at 17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Southeast, then kept going until police pulled him over near Potomac Avenue and 14th Street. No one was reported injured in the crash — including passengers he reportedly picked up along the way.