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All RTC buses now have cameras, streaming capabilities for law enforcement

Posted: 9:01 AM, Jul 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-09 22:44:36Z

All 400 public buses operating in Clark County are now capable of streaming live footage from surveillance cameras.

The goal is to provide passengers peace of mind and for police to have an extra tool to help them respond to onboard emergencies.

Over a year ago, a deadly standoff inside an RTC bus on the Las Vegas Strip sparked the idea of giving police access to cameras inside the bus during emergency situations.

The gunman, Rolando Cardenas, is accused of shooting and killing a tourist from Montana. He barricaded himself inside a bus along the Strip.

Cardenas had a clear eye on SWAT officers but advertisement around the bus last month made it hard for police to see the suspect inside.

Back then cameras inside RTC buses weren't capable of real-time streaming and only recorded images that can be viewed at a later time.

RTC started to install live stream software in late 2017 to help keep passengers safe. RTC also tested out different types of bus ads but determined that it barely made any difference in visibility.