Oh, MTA. What with the recent subway stabbing on the No. 2 line (and the terrorist attacks in Moscow, among other things), the MTA has been under fire over its faulty high-tech cameras — which, by the way, cost $20 million — in stations around the city.
But, get this: Cheaper models that were installed a few years ago, in Astoria for example, are working perfectly fine, per amNew York.
The simpler cameras, costing roughly half as much as the high-tech models that were contracted out, took about six months to install and have been used by police dozens of times to catch bank robbers and other criminals, elected officials say.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz did not explain why the MTA went with the more expensive eye-candy cameras that can’t seem to do the job instead of the cheap ones that actually work, but said that “all the locations will be fully operational by June of this year.”
Current Camera Stats:
• 4,313 cameras are in the stations
• 1,100 suffer from network problems
• 900 can’t record
• 2,313 work — with 54 stations currently covered at turnstiles and entrances