In Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida, the cost to install on-board surveillance equipment (video and audio) on 16 buses was estimated at $9,700 per bus.

27 September 2001
Pinellas County,Florida,United States

Summary Information

In Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) installed in-vehicle surveillance systems to help deter crime and prevent false injury claims on buses. The system was first deployed on a single bus route to help quell the behavior of rowdy school children. Later, the program was expanded to include 16 buses that serve the general public. Each bus was equipped with five video cameras, a microphone, and an on-board computer at a cost of $9,700. Passenger movements and conversations with the driver were recorded in the vehicle. On-board computers automatically stored video and audio data, and then re-recorded over it every 72 hours. If there was an incident, and data needed to be examined by an investigator, the automatic re-write feature could be disabled. Passengers are made aware of the surveillance system; signs indicating “Audio Monitoring on These Premises” were posted on each bus. The PSTA plans to equip 100 more buses using a $1.1 million grant.

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Electronic eyes watching bus passengers

Author: Fields, Monique

Published By: St. Petersburg Times

Source Date: 27 September 2001


System Cost

Equipment cost per bus: $9,700 (2001).


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Related Unit Cost Subsystems

Transit Vehicle On-Board (TV)


CCTV, closed circuit television cameras, security

Cost ID: 2003-00021