Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CCTV Contractor Sues to Break Big NY Contract

Lockheed Sues to Pull Out of Security Contract With Transit Agency
By William Neuman

In a new sign of trouble in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s effort to install a $300 million network of digital security cameras to protect the transit system, the authority’s contractor has asked a federal judge to let it walk away from the project.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the contractor, Lockheed Martin Transportation Security Solutions, asked a judge to release it from its contract, claiming that the authority had caused numerous delays and failed to give it access to train tunnels to finish the work.

The lawsuit, reported Tuesday in The New York Post, is the latest and most public episode in an ugly spat between the authority and Lockheed over the security camera project, part of a group of projects begun after the Sept. 11 terror attack to protect the authority’s transportation system.
It also raised questions about how much progress has been made to increase the safety of the subway and commuter rail systems more than seven years after the attack.

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