Wednesday, September 01, 2010

New York Subway Cars to be Equipped with Surveillance Cameras

Subway passengers will soon be on candid camera, as transit officials are ordering 340 new subway cars equipped for surveillance cameras.

The cars come at a cost of about $750 million and will replace aging cars on the A line by 2015.

Purchasing new cars is an alternative to the costly process of renovating and rewiring older cars.

The camera feeds are not monitored in real time, but footage can be passed on to law enforcement if a crime occurs.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials will decide in about six months whether all future subway cars will be built to include camera technology.

Surveillance technology has already been installed as a pilot program in several trains on the E line.