The dramatic increase in security cameras and police presence at CTA rail stations is probably the biggest public relations success the transit agency since Rahm Emanuel took over as mayor in May.
The CTA announced in June that it would install 1,500 more security cameras at stations, in addition to the 1,500 already in place. About 75% of those additional cameras are now in place. The remainder will be installed by the end of the year.
Of course cameras aren't the only answer, Rahm said Saturday. In early September he announced that 50 police recruits would be dedicated to CTA patrol when they graduate from the police academy next spring. See the video here from CTA Connections. Those officers would augment the police "wolf packs" that currently are patrolling the CTA.
The CTA should enjoy the good feelings now in advance of what probably will be bad news when President Forrest Claypool finally releases his 2012 budget.