LIRR to add security cameras to new fleet of trains

The Long Island Rail Road plans to install security cameras on its newest fleet of trains. Officials say the new fleet of train cars will

Officials say the new fleet of train cars will have 10 cameras, including eight recording inside passenger compartments.

Officials say the new fleet of train cars will have 10 cameras, including eight recording inside passenger compartments. (6/23/15)

WOODBURY - The Long Island Rail Road plans to install security cameras on its newest fleet of trains.

Officials say the new fleet of train cars will have 10 cameras, including eight recording inside passenger compartments.

The new trains will also have a camera with audio recording in the engineer's cab.

The plan was discussed by the MTA board's LIRR committee Monday night. Originally, trains were only going to have seven cameras.

LIRR officials say the cameras will give them 100 percent coverage of the train. They say the cameras will aid in crime investigations and other incidents.

Officials say the footage would be stored for 30 days. In a statement, Long Island Road Commuter Council chair Mark J. Epstein expressed concern about the stored footage.

"A clear set of policies and procedures governing the retention and use of recorded images is necessary," he said in a statement.

The LIRR says the camera plan was developed in line with an NTSB recommendation following the fatal Metro-North derailment in 2013. The new train cars will begin rolling out in 2018.

The LIRR will also install cameras in some of its older cars as well.

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