MARTA to add 12,000 surveillance cameras - CBS46 News

MARTA to add 12,000 surveillance cameras

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    There will soon be more eyes on MARTA passengers. The transit authority is working on a new project to install more than 12,000 cameras throughout its system. The cameras will be installed in MARTA stations, trains, buses and mobility vans. 

Passengers told CBS46 that they think the cameras will help.

“I have seen problems on the train,” Cynthia Reece a MARTA rider said.

Reece says she always feels safe when riding but incidents do happen.

“I’ve seen arguments, people arguing over the loud music, people arguing over seats,” she said.

In September of 2015 a video of a fight on a MARTA train went viral. There have also been shooting incidents at MARTA stations in the past. 

“I will feel safer because there are more cameras so they can see more and move quicker,” Reece added.

The project will cost 17 million dollars. Eventually all MARTA officers will wear body cameras. MARTA hopes the cameras will help them respond to and solve incidents quicker. Riders hope so as well.

"More eyes wouldn't hurt the situation," Michael Christy another MARTA rider told CBS46.

Many of the cameras have already been installed but the goal is to have all 12,000 in place by August.