New Jersey Transit must install inward facing cameras in cabs as a first step to improve safety conditions, Sen. Schumer said Sunday.
The push for the boosted camera coverage comes after a NJ Transit Pascack Valley Line train crashed into Hoboken terminal killing a 34-year-old mother and injuring 114 commuters on Sept. 29.
The cameras can spot train engineers texting, goofing around or falling asleep.
“When it comes to preventing accidents and determining what might have wrong if they do occur, cameras are key,” Schumer said.
But it didn’t appear to help prevent a Long Island Rail Road passenger train that sideswiped a maintenance train, injuring 33 people Saturday night. The commuter train apparently had an inward camera.
The Federal Railroad Administration recommended all commuter train cars be equipped with those cameras in 2008.
Schumer has long pushed for the installation of cameras as a way to improve safety on trains in the New York region.