Metro surveillance cameras: Metro to add more than 4,000 cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro plans to add surveillance cameras to its rail cars for the first time and is spending millions of dollars to triple the number of surveillance cameras monitoring its stations and parking garages.

The Washington Examiner reports the transit agency plans to increase the number of security cameras from 1,900 to nearly 6,000. An agency spokesman says the move will cost $6.5 million. Some of the additional surveillance cameras would be installed on the agency's 7000 series rail cars due out next year.

Some riders feel cameras on the platform are one thing, but cameras on the train may be too intrusive.

Metro rider Moncef Bouhafa of Potomac said, "We want to have some private moments that we can enjoy on the train, maybe sleeping or reading a book."

"If it's going to prevent crime in any way then that sounds great," countered Metro rider Brigid King of D.C.

But King adds there needs to be oversight.

"Who's going to be seeing the tapes and will it actually prevent anything?," she asked.

Metro previously announced plans to spend more than $7 million to install cameras on some rail cars and a network to watch live images on those cameras.

Metro spokesman Philip Stewart says there's no question the nation's second-busiest subway system is a target for attacks. He says the transit agency is in the process of deploying a next-generation security system.

Many Metrobuses already have cameras.