The CTA board Wednesday OK'ed a $4.3 million contract to equip install security cameras at all rail stations by the end of next summer, with the first being installed at 17 stations on the Green Line by the end of the year.
The Green Line has been hard hit this year by pickpockets and other criminals, said CTA President Richard Rodriguez. The north end of the Red Line would get the next set of cameras at 12 stations. Cameras currently are installed at about 50 of the 144 CTA rail stations.
The CTA will pay for the cameras out of $18 million in funding from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Rodriguez said the cameras will be "high resolution devices capable of showing facial features and other fine details," according to the Tribune report.
"If individuals think their faces are being captured when they walk
into our stations, they will think twice about harassing our
passengers," Rodriguez said.