CATA Cameras Keeping Roads, Buses Safer

By Ali Ingersoll

Published 06/06 2014 11:41PM

Updated 06/06 2014 11:52PM

30 CATA buses now have cameras installed inside and outside of them. A CATA employee says they made the decision to install the cameras for the security of bus drivers, riders and people sharing the road with the buses.

Eight cameras in all, on every new bus, keep a watchful eye on the road, riders and drivers.

"They have audio and visual capabilities and low light capabilities" says Jacqueline Sheader, the Marketing Manager at CATA.

Rex Fleming, a driver for CATA, says he has mixed feelings about them.

"If it's in place to protect the drivers, yes," says Fleming.  "But if it's used against the drivers, I'm not so sure it's a good thing."

Fleming says he hasn't heard feedback from any passengers.

"I don't really know a lot of the riders even know they're in the buses," says Fleming.

Sheader says some riders have made calls but they haven't had to access the footage too often.

"There's nobody sitting, watching them," says Sheader.  "The only time we take a look at them is when they're marked or when we know there's an incident that's taken place. We can go back and take a look."

State College Police say they can look at the footage too if there is a crash or incident involving a bus. 

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