BART's (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Board of Directors has approved a plan to expand the transit agency’s network of digital cameras and install emergency call boxes on station platforms.
The $20 million plan includes expanding BART’s digital camera network in stations, parking lots, and garages. BART has more than 4,000 surveillance cameras, which are a mixutre of digital and analog. The plan is to convert all analog cameras HD digital cameras at a cost of approximately $15 million and take roughly four and a half years to fully complete.
BART will also install three emergency call boxes on each platform. Each call box would have a direct intercom with BPD (BART Police Department) dispatch and a camera would activate whenever the intercom button is pushed. Stations currently have white courtesy phones to connect to the station agent booth, but according to BART, "this would offer more options and a quicker connection to dispatch. High priority stations will get the call boxes as early as Fall while system-wide implementation could take two years with an estimated cost of $5.2 million."
In addition, the Board is considering system-wide implementation of a PSIM system to monitor thousands of simultaneous video streams and automate response recommendation to BPD dispatch. Estimated cost is $4 million for implementation and $1.3 million in ongoing costs.