OCTA gets federal grant to put cameras on buses.

 By next year, about 40 percent of Orange County, California, buses will be equipped with cameras to monitor passengers and record onboard incidents. A pilot program to allow transit police to monitor the cameras in real time from patrol vehicles is being developed and should be in place later this year, said an Orange Country Transportation Authority (OCTA) spokesman. Cameras “help strengthen the nation’s transportation network against the risks associated with potential terrorist attacks,” he said. OCTA used about $2 million in homeland security money over the last two years to buy cameras. This week, OCTA accepted another grant for about $1.5 million, most of which will go toward putting cameras on 126 more buses. About $100,000 of the grant will be used to support an emergency preparedness exercise and training program. The money comes from $11.3 million in homeland security funds allotted to Orange and Los Angeles counties for increased bus and rail security, officials said. The security systems will be installed on new vehicles as they join OCTA’s fleet. Video is kept indefinitely, and the system is computerized so drivers can push a button and tag an incident if needed, the official said. In Los Angeles County, the Metropolitan Transit Authority has cameras on its entire fleet of more than 2,500 buses, many of which were funded with homeland security money, a spokesman said. Source: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cameras27-2008aug27,0,2939872.story

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