BART has not yet begun to install new surveillance cameras on its trains more than six months after a fatal shooting revealed that most of the current devices on its cars were decoys.
In late January, the transit agency announced that it had begun the process of buying cameras for its cars. But a BART spokesman now says the new devices won't be installed until late 2017 at the earliest.
The system's board of directors is expected to vote in September on buying camera equipment. After the agency receives the parts, crews will start installing the devices on BART's entire 669-car fleet, a process that should take a year.
"It's not delayed," BART spokesman Taylor Huckaby said in an interview. "It just takes a lot of time to custom install a camera system on custom-built train cars that are decades old."
The agency needs to order special wiring used to power and operate the cameras on the system's four different kinds of cars, Huckaby said. "We have to engineer these camera systems within the narrow confines of these train cars and that takes time."