- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - The largest municipal rail system in Texas will be installing security cameras on its light-rail trains.

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/21aKkbY ) reported Wednesday that Dallas Area Rapid Transit this summer is expected to start getting the cameras.

All DART buses currently have cameras. Train stations and some bus centers are also equipped with cameras.

“Now it’s time for us to move that over to trains,” said DART spokesman Morgan Lyons.

The agency is spending $4.8 million to outfit 48 of its 163 train cars this year. All trains should have cameras, with facial-recognition software, by 2018.

The agency will begin pilot this software when the first cameras are installed. It could be used to monitor train capacity and alerting law enforcement when a wanted person is on a DART bus.

The software will only cross check pictures the agency uploads into its own database and won’t check faces against existing law enforcement databases, driver’s license records or anything similar.

DART police chief James Spiller said the software will likely be used when a law enforcement agency sends out alerts about missing or wanted people. He said the technology could also alert the agency of frequent fare evaders.

Security advocates have urged DART, which serves Dallas and a dozen other North Texas cities, to install cameras on trains.




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