Metro-North, LIRR trains to install video cameras

In this Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, a Metro-North passenger train lays on it's side after derailing on a curved section of track in the Bronx borough of New York. According to a Federal Railroad Administration review prompted by the derailment that killed four passengers and injured about 70 others, the Metro-North commuter railroad has allowed its emphasis on trains' on-time performance to "routinely" overshadow its safety operations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Wednesday it plans to install video cameras and audio recorders on most Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road trains.

The move is in response to safety recommendations put forward by the National Transportation Safety Board following a December Metro-North derailment that killed four people in the Bronx, the MTA said.

“We will be systematically implementing recommendations put forward by the NTSB and other regulators to ensure the best practices are adhered to throughout the MTA family,” MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast said.

The MTA, which runs both railroads, said it intends to put out a request for proposal. Prospective vendors will be asked to design and manufacture an on-board video recording system for its newest cars and all locomotives.

Transportation officials say the purpose of the cameras is to aid post-accident investigations and to deter behaviors that could adversely affect the trains’ safe operation.

Both railroads also are working together to procure and quickly install positive train control technology, which is designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain accidents occur, the MTA said.

The LIRR and Metro-North are the nation’s busiest commuter rail lines, collectively averaging more than 580,000 customers per day in New York and Connecticut.

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