Security and Safety

CTA upgrades 600 security cameras for rail safety program launch

Posted on May 22, 2018

Work has begun on the $3.5 million first phase of the program, which will replace older, standard-definition cameras at 20 subway stations with HD cameras. Photo: CTA
Work has begun on the $3.5 million first phase of the program, which will replace older, standard-definition cameras at 20 subway stations with HD cameras. Photo: CTA

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Dorval R. Carter Jr. announced the CTA is adding more than 600 new high-definition security cameras to its rail system — upgrades that will modernize the camera system and make it entirely high-definition.

The new HD cameras, along with lighting improvements along the Green Line, kick off the first of several phases of the Safe & Secure program, a multi-faceted effort announced by Mayor Emanuel in 2018 to increase safety across the CTA system and provide a more secure, comfortable traveling experience.

Safe & Secure will add 1,000 new cameras and upgrade more than 3,800 older-model cameras throughout the system. Work has begun on the $3.5 million first phase of the program, which will replace older, standard-definition cameras at 20 subway stations with HD cameras. More than 600 cameras will be upgraded in the Red and Blue line subways; the O’Hare, Jefferson Park, Belmont, and Logan Square stations along the Blue Line O’Hare Branch; and at the Clark/Lake station in the Loop. Additionally, more than 50 new cameras will be added to these stations.

Also, multiple stations along the Green Line will receive new and upgraded LED lighting.

Future phases of Safe & Secure, a five-year program, will include new lighting, station repairs, and other improvements to enhance safety at all 146 CTA rail stations. CTA will also install new cameras at more than 100 CTA bus turnaround locations and video monitors will be added to all CTA rail stations to aid personnel in monitoring station and customer activity.

Under Mayor Emanuel, CTA’s security camera network has more than doubled in size since 2011. The cameras, found at every rail station and on every bus and train, have been an important tool to help Chicago police identify crime suspects and detect crime patterns. All of CTA’s buses and trains have multiple cameras.

Additionally, CTA has worked closely with the Chicago Police Department’s Public Transportation Unit to strengthen and deploy strategies to fight crime that include expanded police patrols, rail saturation missions, and undercover operations. Since June 2011, CTA cameras have aided police in the investigation, arrest, and charging of more than 1,300 individuals.

CTA’s Safe and Secure is funded by a new, innovative fee on ride-hailing services championed by Mayor Emanuel, the first such fee in the country dedicated to public transportation improvements.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Palm Tran prioritized helping most vulnerable during Hurricane Dorian

In the event of a category five hurricane, this transportation could have been the difference between life and death.

London Underground taps passenger-screening tech to detect knives

Technology works by showing the size, shape and location of any concealed items that block a person’s body heat.

FRA report finds PTC progress continues to be steady

As of June 30, PTC systems were in operation on approximately 50,300 (87%) of the nearly 58,000 route miles required to be equipped by Congress.

SFRTA joins forces with regional help, crisis line to prevent suicides

September marks the start of National Suicide Prevention Week with September 10th spotlighting World Suicide Prevention Day.

TTC pleads guilty, pays fine in case involving death of its employee

In October 2017, Tom Dedes was injured when he was pinned against a truck by the tail swing of a workcar at a TTC rail yard.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation