Metro Signs for Public Safety


Metro Compact Message Signs for public safety are our most compact portable message signs, designed for use in areas where space is tight. Metro signs feature low weight for towing by most vehicles, a full matrix display, outstanding legibility and superior performance. The display is available in two sizes, and a touchscreen controller is included. For public safety models, Wanco upgrades many standard features for an enhanced degree of durability and reliability.


  • Small footprint, fits nearly anywhere
  • Easy to tow and deploy quickly by one person
  • Easiest programming in the industry
  • AMBER Alert ready
  • Displays text and graphics
  • Maintenance-free AGM batteries


  • Low weight, can be towed by most vehicles
  • Standard tow hitch for easy transport
  • Drawbar can be removed for theft protection
  • Sign on telescoping tower rotates 360 degrees for optimal positioning
  • One person can easily raise, lower and rotate the sign


  • Customize messages for each application
  • Intuitive full-color touchscreen controller is easy to use
  • Onboard controller eliminates the need for an external computer or controller
  • Preprogrammed text messages, symbols and graphics simplify message creation
  • Easily center each line of text
  • Multiple alphanumeric fonts make message clear and legible
  • Optical lenses and sunshades increase visibility and improve performance
  • Internal clock facilitates built-in schedule programming
  • Multi-level password protection limits access to control software
  • Control box can be locked to prevent unauthorized access

Power System

  • Energy-efficient operation results in long run times
  • Maintenance-free AGM batteries
  • Solar panels charge batteries automatically without intervention
  • Backup AC battery charger included
  • High-security battery box has hidden hinges and dual puck-locks


  • Heavy-duty construction reduces maintenance
  • Stainless steel hardware where practical
  • Durable powder-coat finish resists the elements
  • Individual display modules can be replaced easily
  • Standard 15-inch trailer tires
  • Replaceable bolt-on fenders

Standards Compliance

  • NTCIP compliant
  • Meets NEMA TS 4-2005 Section 2 for ambient temperature, vibration, shock, electro-static discharge (ESD), and radio interference

Upgrades Included for Public Safety

  • Custom colors and color combinations— safety orange, white, blue and others
  • Select stainless steel hardware
  • High security battery box with hidden-shackle puck locks
  • Maintenance-free AGM batteries
  • Backup AC battery charger
  • Axle bar lock for most trailers



  • Large display size
  • Medium display size

Charging system

  • Additional batteries
  • Additional solar power

Tow hitch

  • Combo-hitch for 2-inch ball and 2 1/2-inch pintle hook
  • Heavy-duty lunette ring

Some options may not be available for aftermarket installation. Please consult factory.


Download Full Specs

Large sign

Approx. 1500 lbs. (680 kg)

Medium sign

Approx. 1400 lbs. (635 kg)



All welded structural steel

Sign cabinet

Aluminum sheet


Powder-coated and oven-baked

Axle assembly

2000-lb. capacity tubular axle
5-hole 4.5-inch bolt circle pattern on idler hub
60-inch wheel track
Double eye leaf springs, 1200-lb. capacity per spring





Large sign, 60 x 30 pixels
Medium sign, 48 x 30 pixels
34mm pitch


12 fonts

Default font

12 in., 5 x 9 pixels per character
3 lines of 10 characters per line, max. (large sign)
3 lines of 8 characters per line, max. (medium sign)



Two 4D AGM 12Vdc batteries

Battery capacity

400 Ah

Battery charger

45 A

Solar panels

Large sign, 130 W
Medium sign, 85 W

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Specifications subject to change without notice.