Cleveland transit agency plans to add bus cameras

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland's public transit agency is proposing a $2.5 million plan to install or upgrade security cameras on buses and trains as it faces pressure to improve safety after increased assaults on drivers.

The plan unveiled Tuesday would add cameras to 230 buses and upgrade video systems on nearly 100 buses or trains. The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/VCpD5G ) reports the board of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is expected to approve the plan later this month.

General Manager Joe Calabrese says 70 buses expected to be taken out of service in the next few years won't get the upgrades, but their replacements will have cameras.

The union representing drivers pushed for safety improvements to deter bad behavior by riders after several drivers were attacked.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com