MTA — April 26, 2010 17:00 — 0 Comments
About half of New York subway security cameras don't work …
By Associated PressMarch 30, 2010, 4:42PMAssociated PressTwo ceiling-mounted video surveillance cameras are seen as a no. 1 subway train arrives at the 34th Street station in Manhattan. About half of the 4,313 cameras installed along the city’s public transportation system aren’t operable, and transit police have been cut at some of the city’s major bridges and tunnels, which some say could make the city more vulnerable to crime or a terrorist attack.
NEW YORK — About half of the more than 4,000 security cameras installed along new York City’s subways are not working.
At the same time, the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority has cut officers who patrol major bridges and tunnels.
Critics say the non-working cameras are a blind spot in the crime and terrorism safety net for the nation’s largest city.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that the MTA needs more funding. but he says Albany lawmakers turned down a plan that would’ve eliminated most of the agency’s problems.
MTA officials say safety of riders is the top priority. They point out that about half of the cameras do work and about 900 more will work by June.
Overall, crime is down in the subways, even as ridership increases.