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Blumenthal Statement on Amtrak Plans to Install Inward-Facing Cameras

(Washington, DC) – Today, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released the following statement on Amtrak’s announcement that it will install inward-facing cameras by the end of 2015 on locomotives providing service on the Northeast Corridor:

"This step is a significant milestone for safety – enabling riders to be more secure, and railroads to run more reliably. Today’s announcement is important for Amtrak passengers and safety along the Northeast Corridor, but I urge the FRA to act immediately to ensure the installation of inward-facing cameras is mandated on railroads nationwide. It has become crystal clear that inward-facing cameras – with the right privacy protections for employees – are a critical way to make our railroads safer. Cameras improve accident investigations, deter unsafe behavior, and detect compliance with safety laws, which is why I have urged their installation as soon as possible."