"Government officials are quietly installing sophisticated audio surveillance systems on public buses across the country to eavesdrop on passengers, according to documents obtained by The Daily."
"Plans to implement the technology are under way in cities from San Francisco to Hartford, Conn., and Eugene, Ore., to Columbus, Ohio."
I tried to find ther complete story on Behind the Story but nothing seemed to work. I wanted to comment because audio on buses has been common here in Rochester, Mn for a few years. The operating theory is that it is for safety and protection of the bus driver as well a being a source of training in case of problem
Perhaps there is governement surveillance aspect, I don't know. But the city is setting up a citywide camera system.
Did the cities you checked have First Transit buses?
First Transit buses all have audio systems. It is just expected.
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