Wednesday, September 09, 2009

CTA approves cameras for all train stations

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The CTA moved to equip all 144 rail stations with security cameras, the Chicago Tribune reports. The agency's board approved a $4.3-million contract with Teleste Corp. of Georgetown, Texas, to install cameras and related equipment.

The first new cameras will be installed by the end of the year at 17 stations on the Green Line where there is a high incidence of pickpocketing and other crimes, said CTA president Richard Rodriguez. Next in line are 12 Red Line stations that will be monitored by cameras by the end of next May, officials said.

Currently, cameras are posted at 45 CTA rail stations.

The CTA has received almost $18 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to beef up surveillance of rail stations to better protect the public against potential terrorism as well as crime.

The new cameras planned for the stations will be high-resolution devices capable of showing facial features and other fine details, Rodriguez said.

"If individuals think their faces are being captured when they walk into our stations, they will think twice about harassing our passengers," Rodriguez said.

All stations will have the high-resolution digital cameras by May 31 of next year, he said.

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