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Video Cameras in Train Cars Will Improve Safety and Security for Metro-North Customers & Employees

Metro-North will begin testing inward- and outward-facing cameras in the cabs of two M7s and three M8s, with Coaches, M3s and Locomotives to follow. The outward-facing cameras will be used to record track and wayside activities, and the inward-facing cameras will be used to record the engineer’s control area.

In addition to the cab cameras, passenger area cameras have been installed to improve passenger and crew safety by acting as a deterrent to crime. They will also aid investigations after accidents and other incidents, as well as deter behaviors that could affect safe train operations. There will be no audio recording of the passenger areas and signage will be posted at both ends of the passenger compartment to inform customers that the car is equipped with video surveillance.

Following a test period, Metro-North will finalize the camera design for the remaining fleet and anticipates regular production and installation to begin in the third quarter.

In February 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended installing inward- and outward-facing cameras in train cabs and MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast directed the MTA’s Commuter Railroads to begin the design, engineering, fabrication, delivery and installation of on board cameras.

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