Monday, May 18, 2009

Metrolink to install video cameras in locomotives

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Metrolink's Board of Directors has approved a $975,000 contract with Chicago-based Railhead Vision Systems to install video cameras in its locomotive fleet. The board hopes the move will prevent any recurrence of accidents such as the one last September in Chatsworth, Calif., that killed 25; a Metrolink train ran a red signal and collided with a Union Pacific freight train.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa claims Metrolink will be the first commuter rail agency in the country to install video cameras that will record all engineer and other staff activity.

Cameras will record activity both ahead of the train and inside the cabs for forensic and investigative purposes.