25 Investigates: No cameras required on Orange Line replacement buses

BOSTON — As many as 200 private motorcoaches will transport passengers impacted by the Orange Line shutdown.  A spokesperson for the MBTA told 25 Investigates the shuttle buses will not be required to have security cameras onboard.

MBTA-owned buses are equipped with a suite of safety and security features including real time GPS tracking and onboard security cameras. The systems provide multiple live video feeds that can be viewed remotely by the T’s bus control center or Transit Police.

The MBTA awarded the $37 million bus contract to Boston-based Yankee Line. A source tells 25 Investigates Yankee buses have camera systems and live GPS tracking, but the system is not set up to be directly monitored by the MBTA.

T spokesperson Joe Pesaturo said, “there is a requirement that the T be granted access to any video recorded by cameras on private carrier buses.”

Transit police will continue to respond to emergencies involving T riders including on contracted shuttle buses. A Boston police spokesperson says BPD will continue to assist when needed.

In the event of an emergency on a shuttle bus, the T said the operator would contact dispatch, and dispatch would alert police.

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