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Washington’s Subway System to Add More Than 150 Cameras

Metro and surrounding law enforcement agencies will be able to share the images.

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $2.8 million grant to the agency that oversees Washington, D.C.’s subway system so it can add 153 video cameras to subway station entrances and exits.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn announced the grant and how it will be used at a meeting of the transit agency’s Safety and Security Committee on March 24, 2011.

The cameras that will be added are “very high quality” color models that will allow Metro, and surrounding law enforcement agencies, to share the images, according to Taborn.

WMATA’s current security cameras are mostly placed inside the stations on rail platforms and at fare gate areas, but the new cameras are going to be placed at the entrances of stations that lack security cameras at their entrances. Most of the subway system’s 86 stations do not have security cameras at their entrances except for a handful in the District of Columbia and in Fairfax County, Va. that were paid for by those respective governments.

The grant will fund the installation of security cameras at the entrances of most of the remaining stations, said Taborn, who added, he expects the grant to be expedited so that the cameras can be installed within six months.