Metro To Add Surveillance in Trains, Stations and Garages

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Passengers wait for a Metro train at Metro Center. (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

Passengers wait for a Metro train at Metro Center. (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Metro is planning to bulk up the video surveillance in its stations and parking garages and put video cameras in its trains for the first time.

The number of cameras in the system will go from 1,900 to almost 6,000, according to a Washington Examiner report.

Metro spokesman Philip Stewart told the Examiner that the changes, which will include enhanced image quality, are meant to protect the second-busiest transit system in the country.

The bill for the surveillance upgrades will come in around $6.5 million, the report said.

On Monday, Metro riders said the cameras could help with anything from pick-pocketing on trains to enforcement of the system’s rules and regulations.

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