Metro Plans to Triple Number of Security Cameras

Metro also plans to add surveillance cameras to its rail cars for the first time

Monday, Apr 1, 2013  |  Updated 9:08 PM EDT
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Metro is beefing up its security. Today the transit agency announced that it will add more than 3,000 surveillance cameras at its rail stations and parking garages. News4 transportation reporter Adam Tuss explains how the added security will directly impact riders.

Adam Tuss

Metro is beefing up its security. Today the transit agency announced that it will add more than 3,000 surveillance cameras at its rail stations and parking garages. News4 transportation reporter Adam Tuss explains how the added security will directly impact riders.

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Metro plans to add surveillance cameras to its rail cars for the first time and is spending millions of dollars to triple the number of surveillance cameras monitoring its stations and parking garages.

The transit agency plans to increase the number of security cameras from 1,900 to nearly 6,000, reports The Washington Examiner reports. An agency spokesman says that will cost $6.5 million.

Metro previously announced plans to spend more than $7 million to install cameras on some rail cars and a network to watch live images on those cameras.

Metro spokesman Philip Stewart says there's no question the nation's second-busiest subway system is a target for attacks. He says the transit agency is in the process of deploying a next-generation security system.

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