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MTA’s Electronic Security Project Experiences 3-Year Setback

Electronic security upgrades for Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) network will be delayed for three more years, due to damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy.



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NEW YORK — Electronic security upgrades for Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) subway stations will be delayed for three more years, due to damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy.

A New York state comptroller’s report found that the storm damaged more than 50 cameras, 72 access control devices and five miles of fiber-optic cables and power supply panels at an estimated cost of $23 million, DNAinfo New York reports.

Currently, New York’s subway system already has more than 4,000 cameras as part of a security system developed with the NYPD.

Still, MTA plans to install more than 3,000 cameras and 1,400 access control devices in stations and tunnels. All equipment will be linked to a central command center.

The original project, initially priced at $591 million, was supposed to be completed by August 2008. Prior to Sandy, the cost increased to $883 million and is now $28 million over budget. It is expected to be completed by November 2017.

Despite the setbacks, MTA officials maintain that the agency has still been able to improve security and that the comptroller’s report observes that the transportation system is more secure than it was before 9/11.


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