A city-wide emergency drill conducted this morning involved a simulation of a hostage situation on a MetroRail trail. Capital Metro is required to conduct full scale emergency drills every two years in order to give public safety agencies the chance to interact with and respond to the MetroRail train. The drill included an acted out situation of a robbery where the suspects boarded a train and took passengers hostage. The purpose of the drill is to make sure local agencies are prepared in case of an actual emergency.
"We have actors on the train who are pretending to be hostages and all that entails and we try to make it as realistic as possible," said John Jones, security manager for Capital Metro.
The drill involved various locations throughout Austin and was conducted from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.