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BART to equip all rail cars with surveillance cameras


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) will install camera systems on all rail cars in the wake of a fatal shooting aboard one of its trains.

The news comes after BART acknowledged that some cameras on its rail cars were decoys, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle. As a result, the agency wasn't able to capture footage of the Jan. 9 homicide on a train at the West Oakland Station, the newspaper reported.

BART's staff now is working on funding options, a procurement plan and a deployment strategy for the cameras, said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost in a statement.

The agency's "Fleet of the Future" cars will come equipped with cameras, Trost added.

To learn more about the ways transit agencies use video surveillance and other security technologies, read Progressive Railroading's January cover story.

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