New York plans to test digital security cameras in subway cars to help fight crime and terrorism. The New York Times said the regional transit authority will test cameras in a small number of cars, to see if they would withstand the bumps, jolts, dust and stop-and-go conditions of the subway system. Cost will be a factor as well, officials said.
The authority has been installing security cameras in commuter rail and subway stations, and last November, officials announced plans to install digital cameras in 450 Manhattan buses. In 2000, amid concerns over crime and vandalism, the authority ran a six-month test of a subway car system using cameras that recorded onto videotape. It was scrapped as too expensive and unnecessary. But the idea was revived after bombings on trains in London and Madrid.