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Surveillance cameras will soon be overseeing the Morton Street Commuter Rail Station in Mattapan, welcome news too some in the neighborhood.
A spokesperson for the MBTA said a dozen cameras are currently being installed at the station, which is on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line, the T's only in-city commuter rail line and subject of a major city study.
The new cameras will cost an estimated $130,000 and were funded through the Department of Homeland Security, the T said.
The work is expected to be completed by December.
Residents have been raising concerns since the station was reconstructed and reopened about the cameras being installed. Some have said the platforms are dark and crime in the neighborhood is concerning.
“We need security cameras [at the Morton Street Station], because the area isn’t safe,” Barbara Crichlow, an area resident and member of the West Selden Street and Vicinity Neighborhood Association, told MassDOT officials at a recent community meeting. “We asked for them in 2005 and we still don’t have them.”
In addition to the cameras at Morton Street, all the new stations being built along the Fairmount Line will have cameras, including the recently opened Talbot Avenue Station.
The T estimated that there are “thousands” of cameras system-wide.