(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
A number of new cameras will soon populate the Andrew Square and JFK/UMass Red Line Stations, according to MBTA officials.
Last week contracts went out to bid on the project that includes the addition of 52 new cameras to the JFK/UMass Station. The scope of the work also encompasses stations further up the line, including the Charles/MGH Station, Harvard Square Station, Kendall Station, and Porter Station.
A contractor for the work has not be designated yet, but T officials expect to have one chosen by early next year.
The JFK/UMass Station, which already has more than 10 cameras, will be the first station to receive the upgrades and should be completed by late spring/early summer 2013. The T does not release the exact number of cameras already at specific stations.
A timeline has not been set for Andrew Station’s work, which will add 49 new cameras to the station’s existing 10 plus cameras, with a number of which watching the bus depot.
The new "real-time" cameras, paid for by Department of Homeland Security grants, are part of the T’s efforts to standardize security throughout the system, said T officials.
The footage, which on average is stored for up to a month, is used by law enforcement personnel and first responders in the event of an emergency or security incident.
At the moment the T does not have any plans to install more cameras in Red Line cars or at stations further down the line, which already have cameras, said the T.
The T has estimated in the past that is has thousands of cameras installed at stations and on buses and trains system-wide.