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New closed circuit television cameras may soon be installed at trolley stations throughout San Diego. The new cameras, if approved by SANDAG's transportation committee, will be installed along the trolley's Orange Line which includes portions of downtown northeast to El Cajon, as well as the station at San Diego State.

Funded by MTS, SANDAG will be managing the project for a faster completion date. The project is expected to cost the local transit authority $637,414.

Additional cameras are needed, according to a November 2012 meeting report, after platforms along the Orange line were rearranged.

"As a result of the Orange Line Station Platform Modifications Project, there is insufficient video coverage of the entire station due to the new station layout, which has low-profile shelters and catenary poles where the existing cameras used to be mounted."

As part of the project, additional high-resolution infrared cameras will be installed inside the SDSU tunnel to watch out for intruders.


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