Caltrain adds cameras to monitor tracks

Caltrain (CA) plans to mount cameras on the front and back of every train to record accidents and suicides. There have been nine suicides along the commuter rail tracks so far this year, and 11 in 2010. “I had one last year,” a veteran engineer told the San Francisco Chronicle. “A guy jumped off the platform as I was driving through the San Antonio Station in Mountain View on an express run. I see it in my mind every time I go through the station.” The 70 cameras will monitor activity on the tracks from San Francisco to Gilroy. Caltrain will pay for the cameras with a $500,000 state security grant. Link to full story in San Francisco Chronicle.

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