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NJ Transit considers installing train cameras in wake of Amtrak crash

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Commuters board a New Jersey Transit train early Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at the Trenton train station in Trenton, N.J.

The NJ Transit board is expected to vote Wednesday on a $7 million contract to install inward-facing cameras in trains, reports.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended inward-facing cameras after several train crashes, including the fatal May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

NJ Transit already has outward facing cameras on it's dual power, electric locomotives and multi-level cab cars. The new inward cameras would face crews operating trains, but would not be inside passenger areas of rail cars.

Investigators would be able to determine the cause of a crash more quickly with the help of inward-facing cameras by showing what crew members were doing, according to NJ Transit officials.

Inward- and outward-facing incident cameras are already installed on new buses.

Amtrak announced in May its plans to install video cameras inside its locomotive compartments to record the actions of train engineers.