MTA, which operates Metro-North and Long Island Railroad, made the announcement about a week after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released the findings of its Deep Dive investigation. That report, kicked off in part in response to a derailment in December that killed five people, shed light on what U.S. Sen. Chuch Schumer (D-NY) characterized as "a severely lacking culture of safety at the railroad."
The installation of cameras — both inside and outside trains — is expected to be useful in post-accident investigations and also deter unsafe passenger behavior, according to a report on CBS New York's website.
The MTA gave no timeline for when cameras could start showing up on trains.
“I welcome this step – responding to my repeated calls for such cameras – even if long overdue and lacking in deadlines," said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). "I urge Metro-North to provide a date certain for installing the cameras – and continue to urge the FRA to order them.”