MTA Plans to Install Video Cameras on Trains

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City’s two commuter railroads plan to install inward- and outward-facing cameras in the cabs of their trains following a recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board.

An MTA committee voted Monday to award contracts totaling $34.6 million. The cameras will be used on both the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road. The full MTA board will vote Wednesday.

The outward-facing cameras will record activities on the track in front of the train and on its wayside. The inward-facing cameras will be used to record the engineer’s control area while the train is in operation. A total of 2,064 rail cars and locomotives will be outfitted under the contract.