BART cameras won't be fully installed until 2017

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BART says cameras are currently being installed on trains, but it will take until next year to complete the project. (KGO-TV)

BART says cameras are currently being installed on trains, but it will take until next year to complete the project. The transit agency came under fire when it was revealed decoy cameras were on board when a deadly shooting took place on a train in January. And now, some people are questioning if BART is moving fast enough.

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By 2017, BART hopes to have a camera in every single car in its fleet. Some say that's simply too slow. Others just shrug and say, "Oh, that's BART."

Even on Tuesday morning, some riders were unaware.

"No I didn't realize they were fake, not at all," said one BART rider.

BART admitted most cameras in its fleet were decoys after 19-year-old Carlos Romero was killed on a train January 9.

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Video shows the suspect exit at the West Oakland station. But there's no video of the actual murder on the train. The suspect remains on the run.

"That's a little scary," said another transit rider.

Here's what BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said January 20, " We hear loud and clear from the public they are unhappy that we were using decoys and so today we are announcing that we are committed to as quickly as possible, buying and outfitting every single train car with a working camera."

On Tuesday, she said the new cameras are starting to get installed and BART plans to have a camera in every car by next year.

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"That makes me feel a lot safer, absolutely," said one rider.

The transit agency says the project is on track, but riders are split on the transit agency's progress..

"It's kind of typical for BART," said commuter Karen Moulton. "They say they're going to do something and they eventually do it."

Another commuter adds, "I think they should have had them all along."

It's important to note that BART did not get into specifics about when they started installing the real working cameras, or just how many of those cameras they've already installed.

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