Fort Worth Transit Considers Cameras for County's Buses

The T may soon be keeping an electronic eye on riders.

Transit officials are considering installing cameras on Tarrant County buses to fight injury claims after accidents, according to a proposal being considered today.

The cameras are a key part of a nearly $2 million package of high-tech gadgets that the Fort Worth Transportation Authority's board will be asked to approve.

Sensors would turn on camera recorders during sharp turns, sudden stops or any type of impact. Cameras also could be used to investigate customer service complaints and coach drivers, the staff said,

Six firms are competing for the contract, which would be paid with federal grant money and local sales tax dollars. The T's staff is recommending that the board select Trapeze Inc.

Other components in the package: counting devices to keep track of riders and a global positioning system to monitor buses.

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