Now that we know the NYPD actually uses subway surveillance footage when it's available, transit officials say they plan on ordering 340 subway cars equipped for surveillance cameras. Though the move will cost around $750 million, officials told the Post it's cheaper than installing camera systems in the current cars. So this is what those $130 MetroCards would pay for.
The cars will replace the aging trains on the A line by 2015. However, the camera feeds would not be monitored in real time. Instead, law enforcement officials would be able to watch the footage after a crime or emergency has occurred. MTA spokesman Paul Fleuranges said that they would decide whether all future subways would be equipped with the camera networks depending on how these work. "It will be part of the infrastructure, in case we want to go that route."