MTA to install security cameras in every subway car
Measure comes from $2M homeland security grant
MTA New York City Transit has received a $2 million federal grant that is expected to provide funding for the installation of cameras across the entire fleet of subway cars, enhancing security coverage and, most importantly, increasing passenger confidence in mass transit safety.
The Urban Area Security Initiative, under which the grant was made, is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funding will enable the purchase of 5,400 cameras to be installed on 2,700 New York City Transit subway cars, two per car.
The program will also fund approximately 3,800 cameras expanding coverage in approximately 130 subway stations. It will further strengthen NYC Transit’s existing security network of more than 10,000 cameras across all 472 subway stations.
When installation begins, an additional 200 train cars per month will have cameras installed until the entire subway car fleet is camera-equipped, which is anticipated to occur sometime in 2025. In addition, when new R211 subway cars are delivered starting in early 2023 they will already be camera-equipped.