FAIRFIELD — A $16,557 state grant could improve video surveillance on Fairfield and Suisun Transit System buses – about half of which are now fitted with reliable video systems, a report to the Fairfield City Council says.
Installation of additional systems on the city buses and at the Fairfield Transportation Center would significantly enhance safety and increase the appeal of public transportation, according to the staff report.
Council members at their meeting next week will take up the funds from Proposition 1B, a statewide measure voters approved in 2006.
Wayne Lewis, assistant director for transportation in Fairfield, said that the city has received about $16,000 for the past several years and accumulates the money to improve security. An individual year’s allocation of the state money is not enough to do anything substantial, he said.
“We’ll use them for some kind of security,” Lewis said if the council accepts the grant.
Fairfield plans to buy video cameras, digital video recorders, storage cabinets and similar technology.
Lewis said the equipment isn’t used to provide surveillance of passengers but rather a record if a bus is in an accident or an incident occurs inside the vehicle.
State and federal transportation grant funds support operating and capital expenses for the transit system and no money from the city’s general funds pays for FAST expenses, the staff report notes.
The Fairfield City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at 1000 Webster St.
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