Metra tests new surveillance cameras

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CHICAGO -- Metra riders may notice a new eye in the sky on board.

The agency is now testing small surveillance cameras on one of its electric cars. The movie is a pilot program to see how cameras could help Metra in the future.

If you ride the Metra electric line ,one of the cars is now equipped with 11 cameras, testing how they work at all angles.

Metra’s ultimate goal is to have cameras like this on its full fleet -- but the funding just isn’t there right now.

Still, it is doing the testing so that if and when funding is available, there’s a solid plan in place on what works best. The goal of course, is to help keep riders safe.

Depending on the test results -- and possible grant funding -- Metra may be able to start looking at additional cameras for its cars in 2017.

Metra should also know this summer whether they’ll be able to move forward with WiFi on all cars and lines.