Digital camera systems will be installed in a number of Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) vehicles during the next six months as part of a pilot program to see if they deter crime.
TTC officials said this week that the project came about as a means to improve driver safety. But the idea has taken on extra urgency after the shooting of an 11-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man on a bus last week.
A union-management task force will discuss buying cameras that would snap and store photos every minute or so. Only the police would have access to the photos, and they would only be used to record and report criminal offenses.
According to the Toronto Star, at $900 per camera, it would cost about $2 million to outfit the TTC's fleet of buses, subway cars, streetcars, light railcars and accessible vehicles with one camera each.