Security and Safety

Chicago completes surveillance camera upgrade on rail system

Posted on April 8, 2019

The Chicago Transit Authority completed the installation of 1,000 high-definition (HD) surveillance cameras throughout the Red and Blue line subway stations, making the entire system equipped with HD cameras — a valuable tool to help deter and solve crimes.

Since May 2018, crews have been switching out old analog surveillance cameras with new HD cameras across all nine Red Line subway stations and all 12 Blue Line subway stations, as well as installing additional cameras to improve surveillance coverage. In total, 660 existing cameras were upgraded and 340 cameras were added, expanding the previous subway station camera coverage by more than 50%.

“Ensuring the safety of our customers and employees is our number one concern,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. “The Safe & Secure program allows us to continue investing in the safety of our system and further our efforts towards providing a safer transit environment for our riders and employees.”

CTA’s security camera network has more than doubled in size since 2011 and now boasts more than 32,000 cameras systemwide — making it the most comprehensive networks among major U.S. transit agencies. CTA’s cameras have been an invaluable tool for police as they investigate crimes committed on or near CTA properties, as well as identifying crime patterns and conducting remote surveillance missions. On average, images pulled from CTA’s cameras have aided police in arresting roughly 200 persons each year.

The new HD surveillance found throughout the Red and Blue line subway stations have been an important tool to help Chicago Police identify crime suspects and detect crime patterns. Last month, cameras recently installed at the Roosevelt Red Line station aided CPD in the arrest of three individuals now charged in connection with an altercation that led to a CTA employee being stabbed. Upgraded cameras at the Jackson Blue Line station also assisted police in the arrest of an individual now charged in connection with an altercation that led to a victim being pushed to the tracks in December.

Importantly, cameras are just one component in a multi-pronged effort towards combatting crime that also involves CTA employees, private security agencies and, most importantly, the Chicago Police Department, as well as suburban law enforcement agencies that provide security for the CTA.

As part of the multi-year Safe & Secure program, a total of 1,000 new cameras will be added and more than 3,800 older-model cameras will be upgraded throughout the rail system. Additionally, new lighting, repairs, and other improvements will enhance safety at all 145 CTA rail stations. New HD cameras will also be installed 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.

CTA’s Safe and Secure is funded by Mayor Emanuel’s innovative fee on ride-hailing services, 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

Metra launches 'COPS' safety mobile app

The app automatically disables the user’s smartphone flash to ensure discretion, and reports can be made anonymously.

RTC of Southern Nevada showcases 'work zone of the future' tech

Demo included traffic cones, barrels, arrow boards, construction, and inspection vehicles — all outfitted with new tech that can communicate with passing vehicles and traffic engineers

SacRT among agencies recognized with TSA's Gold Standard Award

The recognition goes to agencies that achieve top scores during an annual review of 17 categories.

D.C. Metro campaign aims to 'STOP' harassment

The ads empower riders to report and intervene if they witness or experience an incident of harassment.

SEPTA deploys new enforcement program for fare evasion, violations

Streamlines incident handling process, which will allow for SEPTA Police officers to focus on their core patrol and enforcement duties.

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