Chicago Transit Authority has completed the installation of 1,000 high-definition (HD) surveillance cameras throughout the Red and Blue line metro stations, making the entire system equipped with HD cameras.
“Through this investment, we’re building on a world-class public transportation system that provides the comfortable, safe and secure experience every rider deserves. Upgrading CTA’s surveillance network with state-of-the-art, high definition cameras will help ensure the safety and security of all passengers who rely on our bus and rail system to get to work, school and to destinations across our great city,” Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, said.
Since May 2018, CTA has been switching out old analog surveillance cameras with new HD cameras across all nine Red Line metro stations and all 12 Blue Line metro stations, as well as installing additional cameras to improve surveillance coverage. In total, 660 existing cameras were upgraded, and 340 cameras were added, expanding the previous metro station camera coverage by more than 50 percent.
CTA’s security camera network has more than doubled in size since 2011 and now boasts more than 32,000 cameras systemwide, making it the most comprehensive networks among major U.S. transit agencies.
As part of the multi-year Safe & Secure programme, a total of 1,000 new cameras will be added and more than 3,800 older-model cameras will be upgraded throughout the rail system. Additionally, new lighting, repairs and other improvements will enhance safety at all 145 CTA rail stations. New HD cameras will also be installed at more than 100 CTA bus turnaround locations and video monitors will be added to all CTA rail stations to aid personnel in monitoring station and customer activity.