We're Watching: Cameras Coming to Metro-North Trains

The move from MTA is in line with a recommendation federal transportation officials made in an effort to get the railroad back on track.

An investigator gathers photographic evidence Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the scene of a Metro-North trail collision that left more than 50 people injured. Credit: Patch File Photo
An investigator gathers photographic evidence Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the scene of a Metro-North trail collision that left more than 50 people injured. Credit: Patch File Photo
Facing ongoing pressure from federal officials, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is moving to implement measures to make the railroad safer and on Wednesday it announced one way it is doing that: installing cameras on trains.

MTA, which operates Metro-North and Long Island Railroad, made the announcement about a week after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released the findings of its Deep Dive investigation. That report, kicked off in part in response to a derailment in December that killed five people, shed light on what U.S. Sen. Chuch Schumer (D-NY) characterized as "a severely lacking culture of safety at the railroad." 

The installation of cameras — both inside and outside trains — is expected to be useful in post-accident investigations and also deter unsafe passenger behavior, according to a report on CBS New York's website.  

The MTA gave no timeline for when cameras could start showing up on trains. 

“I welcome this step – responding to my repeated calls for such cameras – even if long overdue and lacking in deadlines," said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). "I urge Metro-North to provide a date certain for installing the cameras – and continue to urge the FRA to order them.”

Dan Seidel March 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM
I can understand cameras on the outside or IN THE CONDUCTORS' BOOTH/ENGINEER'S BOOTH - but WHY will there be NSA type style SPYING on the passengers? So this will be tied into TRAPWIRE? and the Fusion Centers will be able to play Big Brother? are we sheeple really going to allow this to happen? seems so!!! Welcome to 1984!!!!! ALL HAIL BIG BROTHER!!!!! and just what does watching the passengers have to do with mechanical train safety? I can see no reason for such a fascist move other than the democRATS running amok again. Schumer and the rest of the RATS should be tarred and feathered - run out of town on a rail!!!!!! America Tango Down! wow - in my lifetime - humankind is so screwed!!!!!
chuck95 March 21, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Patrick, that's really dumb. Dan, the CBS article cited does not mention cameras spying on passengers, despite the way this Patch article is written. As I understand it, there will be a camera facing outward, recording in the direction the train is moving, and one facing inward, recording the engineer, possibly just their hands. I've heard nothing about cameras in the passenger areas.
Dan Seidel March 21, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Then I stand corrected - PATCH misled me. HEY: PATCH!!! report the details please? Sensationalism does not make for credibility!!!
joshua tanner March 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM
The Veteran's pool in Depew Park has signs that declare there is 24 hour video surveillance. Yet kids were breaking in every night during heat waves and one kid ended up dead. Just because there are cameras doesn't mean anyone is watching.


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