Public rail providers across the state have been ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to maintain camera surveillance of transit operators. The surveillance is designed to monitor and enforce the strict ban on operator cellphone use. The CPUC ruling comes in the wake of two high-profile rail accidents, including a 2008 crash in San Francisco that injured 16 people. CPUC believes that operator cellphone use was to blame for those accidents. The new surveillance will likely come with a high price-tag: BART already estimates it will cost $600,000 to comply with the CPUC directive.
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