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Metro-North trains get cameras

Nov 17, 2014 1:06 pm
The Mid-Hudson News Network reports in The Daily Freeman that Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road will spend $34.6 million to buy inward- and outward-facing cameras for the cabs of their trains, recording what's going on on the tracks and in all areas of the train. The investigation of a Dec. 1, 2013 Metro-North Poughkeepsie-to-Manhattan train crash concluded that the engineer, William Rockefeller of Germantown, suffered from sleep apnea and dozed off at the controls of the Hudson Line train as it entered a 30-mph curve at 82 mph. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended installing the cameras in February, and MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Prendergast immediately directed the authority’s two commuter railroads to begin the design, engineering, fabrication, delivery and installation of on-board cameras, according to the report. Cameras will also be installed in trains’ passenger areas to, "deter to crime and providing investigative assistance," according to the story. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.