New Security Cameras Coming To Blue Line Stations

Nancy Harty
May 20, 2018 - 2:01 pm
CTA upgrading security cameras

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- CTA passengers may soon notice better lighting and newer security cameras at some El stations, thanks to passengers of Uber and Lyft.

The agency is replacing 600 cameras with new high-definition cameras and adding another 50 camera at 20 stations along the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line and at downtown stations. This comes as part of the first phase of the CTA's Safe and Secure project.

The $33 million program is paid for by fees on ride-sharing trips.

CTA President Dorval Carter said the new cameras will give the agency and police a better picture for any investigations.

The improvements come as the CTA is seeing "a slight uptick" in crime.

But Carter added that"we have about one serious crime for every quarter of a million rides on our system.  So for the majority of our customers, it is a safe and comfortable travel experience."

Carter and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the first phase at the Blue Line's Logan Square station, where there are 33 cameras.

Over the course of four years, the CTA plans to add one thousand HD cameras and upgrade 3,800 more.