BART needs to stop "tap dancing" around and quickly install surveillance cameras on all of its trains, the chairman of the Bay Area's regional transit planning agency said after learning that the system was moving slowly in putting the devices in place.
"I don't know what's taking so long," Dave Cortese, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said in an interview. "I think there's a genuine concern that BART isn't able to move quickly enough on some of these basic maintenance- and security-type issues."
In January, BART announced that it had begun the process of buying cameras for its cars after it was revealed that most of the current devices on its cars were decoys. That disclosure came after a fatal shooting aboard a train at the system's West Oakland Station.
But last week a BART spokesman said the agency was still in the testing phase for the cameras, that the system's board of directors would vote in September on buying equipment for the devices and that work to completely install them would take a year after that.
"Again we get the tap dance, 'Well, we're working on it,' " said Cortese, who is also a Santa Clara County supervisor. "You got to work a lot faster. This is the Bay Area, not a Third World country."