CTA to mount cameras at every rail station

May 21, 2010 2:32:42 PM PDT
The CTA will have at least one security camera at each of its 144 rail stations by the end of this month.

Mayor Daley and transit agency officials made the announcement Friday at the Paulina Brown Line Station. The agency is using a $17.9 million federal Homeland Security grant to buy the cameras.

"We know that cameras deter violence in communities; equally effective in public transportation," said Mayor Daley. "The cameras at rail stations can make real-time video available to CTA control center, which can be shared by the police department immediately, and by the Office of Emergency Management & Communications."

Every CTA bus has cameras, as will new rail cars. The CTA will see if it is feasible to install cameras on the rail cars it now operates.