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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Cameras could soon be catching a lot of action on Ocean City buses, if the resort town agrees to have surveillance cameras installed. The Maryland Transportation Authority wants 400 surveillance cameras installed on Ocean City's fleet of buses and vans. 

Ocean City town officials are discussing the benefits of adding multiple cameras on the inside and outside of its fleet of buses and vans. Town official's said it's a proactive way to make improvements and also act a deterrent for disorderly or criminal behavior.

Jake Himes, lives in Ocean City and agrees that the cameras would be a good deterrent for some behaviors.

"It can help for a lot of different reasons, it could deter any type of vandalism on a bus and make people feel more safe. I think there's multiple different reasons, but that's the biggest," Himes said. 

A federal grant has been approved for the cameras and MTA is willing to help pay for the cost. The total cost for the bus camera program is $500,000. The federal government would pay $400,000, with the state and Town of Ocean City splitting the difference by paying $50,000 each. 

Ocean City's Transportation Committee says the cost is reasonable considering the safety and insurance benefits.

Kalani Sithara is a visitor to Ocean City, who said she sees the need for safety sometimes, but feels having cameras inside the buses is imposing. 

"I don't like the cameras inside the buses because I honestly feel it's a problem with your freedom," Sithara said. 

Town officials said they are optimistic about adding this new technology to its bus service; but said it still has a long way to go for consideration. 

The next step is for the Ocean City director of public works and transportation superintendent to meet with the MTA to discuss details about the bus camera program before presenting it to the Town Council. The meeting is scheduled for early June. 

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