Winnipeg Transit buses outfitted with video stream in safety pilot project

A safety camera on a Winnipeg Transit bus. Randall Paull/Global News

Winnipeg Transit kicked off a safety pilot project Tuesday, which will see bus cameras accessible 24/7 for supervisors to keep an eye on things.

The city says 50 buses are involved in the pilot, which will take place over the next six months.

Transit says bus operators already know to contact its control centre when there’s an emergency, and under the pilot, supervisors will be able to immediately tap into the on-board camera to assess the situation, and call for emergency services if needed.

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Winnipeg Transit began installing LTE modems on buses two years ago, and the project makes use of existing cameras, so no new equipment needed to be installed.

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The move was a previous recommendation from the Transit Advisory Committee.

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