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About 20 Percent Of BART Trains Have Working Cameras

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(AP) — Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit say only about 20 percent of BART commuter trains have working surveillance cameras.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports BART detailed exactly how many of its train cameras work in response to a public records request that newspapers filed last month.

BART said Tuesday that just 22.6 percent of the cars had working camera systems.

BART says it is replacing its entire fleet of trains and that every car will be equipped with cutting-edge cameras producing footage that can be watched live from a central monitoring station. Those cars are expected to arrive between 2017 and 2021.

The Chronicle revealed the decoy program after learning BART had failed to film a Jan. 9 fatal shooting of a man aboard a train at the West Oakland Station.