- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In the wake of the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia earlier this month, the company announced Tuesday that it will install inward-facing video cameras in the fleet of locomotives in service on the Northeast Corridor by the end of the year.

The cameras will be added to the fleet of ACS-64 trains, and all trains in the future will have the equipment installed before going into service, Amtrak said.

“Inward-facing video cameras will help improve safety and serve as a valuable investigative tool,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman. “We have tested these cameras and will begin installation as an additional measure to enhance safety.”

Investigators have said that before it derailed earlier this month, Amtrak Train 188, bound for New York City from Washington, D.C., was going more than 100 miles per hour in an area with a speed limit of 50 miles per hour. The crash killed eight people and injured more than 200.

Installation of the new cameras will start in the 70 ACS-64 locomotives that power service between Washington, New York, and Boston, as well as service between New York, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The company also said it’s developing a plan for inward-facing cameras in its Acela Express fleet and diesel locomotives as well.

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