Many cities have more robust subway camera systems than NY

April 15, 2022

As a manhunt began Tuesday morning for the person who shot 10 people in a crowded Brooklyn subway car, law enforcement quickly looked to the station cameras that they hoped had caught their suspect on tape.

But they were out of luck.

The surveillance cameras at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park, where the incident occurred, had not been working, MTA officials later said.

******************

Metropolitan train systems in Shanghai, Washington D.C., and San Francisco have invested in extensive surveillance systems on board the trains. But putting them in New York’s subway system, which is more than a century old, would be expensive, according to experts.

“Those are capital projects and transit agencies have to make very tough decisions regarding capital projects,” Bill Terry, director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers, said.

Installing cameras could mean making cuts in important areas elsewhere, like in fleet vehicles or facilities.

Gothamist, April 14, 2022

Recent Posts

NJSPL – New Jersey Employment Concerns Revisited

As 2024 began with yet another surprisingly strong jobs report for the U.S. (353,000 jobs added in January and the unemployment rate steady at 3.7%), and with a full year’s worth of 2023 state-level employment data now available, it’s worth briefly revisiting some of...

New Research: The Traffic Calming Effect of Delineated Bicycle Lanes

Abstract We analyze the effect of a bicycle lane on traffic speeds. Computer vision techniques are used to detect and classify the speed and trajectory of over 9,000 motor-vehicles at an intersection that was part of a pilot demonstration in which a bicycle lane was...

Upcoming Events

Event Series CAREERS

Career Virtual Drop-ins

Virtual

Bloustein Career Development Specialists Cheryl Egan and Andrea Garrido will be in a Zoom Room on Monday's beginning January 22, 2024 (excluding holidays and spring break) to answer questions, provide […]