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Metrolink awards inward-facing camera contract

Posted on May 19, 2009

Metrolink's board of directors unanimously voted to award a $975,000 contract to Chicago-based Railhead Vision Systems for the installation of inward-facing cameras in all of its locomotives and cab cars.

The Los Angeles-based Metrolink will become the first railroad system in the nation to install inward-facing video cameras in all of its locomotives and lead passenger cars. The cameras will record all engineer and other staff activity for forensic and investigative purposes and is designed to serve as a deterrent to the type of unauthorized activities that were revealed at the National Transportation Safety Board's hearing on last fall's Chatsworth collision.

The safety measure is part of Metrolink's ongoing commitment to enhancing the safety of its rail system. A total of 218 cameras and recorders are expected to be installed by the end of 2009.

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