CTA installing real-time cameras at train stations

January 23, 2010 8:46:40 PM PST
The CTA has announced the installation of new security cameras at 27 Green Line stations.The cameras provide real-time video to the CTA, Chicago police and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

City officials say there are now more than 1,600 cameras at 73 rail stations. And by this summer, all CTA stations will have high-definition cameras at the entrance.

Chicago police Supt. Jody Weis said he was very happy to have the cameras as crime-fighting tools.

"Our main focus is to put a deterrent in place, then have the capability to catch these guys," Weis said. "We can see crime taking place, and we can be waiting for them at the next stop. [It is a] huge benefit for us, and we will be waiting."

Federal Homeland Security funds helped pay for the cameras. Next, the CTA will look at retro-fitting all its rail cars with cameras.