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Railhead Teams with Metra to Provide Video Monitoring for Passenger’s Bikes

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Burr Ridge, IL – Railhead Corporation has teamed with Metra to provide in-car video viewing and monitoring of passenger bicycles for the new Metra Bike Cars.

Railhead will be supplying a new onboard monitor that will pair with the existing Locomotive Digital Video Recorder (LDVRHD) systems already installed on Metra cab cars. This enhanced and expanded system will give passengers the ability to view their bicycles and know they are safe while they ride with Metra to their destination.

Metra has added specialized Bike Cars on some of their lines! These cars can carry 16 bicycles to give passengers a new more accessible option to bring their bikes onboard. Riders can easily identify the Bike Cars by their blue and grey paint scheme, as well as a large white bicycle decal adjacent to the exterior doors. Metra plans to add more of these Bike Cars for cyclists to enjoy. “We’re always looking for ways to improve safety and security for our customers and employees.” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski.

Railhead’s onboard solution for Metra consists of a high-performance LDVRHD video recorder, a selection of the latest dome and 360-degree cameras and strategically placed monitors. The system will provide viewing coverage throughout the passenger area of the cars. The placement of the cameras will enable Metra to improve passenger safety by being able to monitor inside the passenger compartment and respond to incidents as needed. But it will also allow passengers to see for themselves that their bikes are safe while in transit.

Railhead’s systems are designed and manufactured specifically for the heavy rail environments. The combination of LDVRs, cameras, monitors and management software enables Metra to reduce maintenance and operating costs, improve efficiency, mitigate risk and liability while ensuring video will be available in the event of an incident.  Now the new monitors and in-car video viewing provides even greater safety and peace of mind for Metra passengers and their belongings.

About Railhead Corporation:

Railhead Corporation, headquartered in Burr Ridge, IL, provides digital video solutions for the transportation industry with customized mobile and stationary video surveillance for freight and commuter rail trains, vehicles, and facilities. Railhead Video Systems include digital video recorders, cameras, monitors, video management software, GPS location, remote monitoring, and system integration. Railhead is also the industry-leading manufacturer and distributor of locomotive LED headlights, LED safety warning lights and equipment.

About Metra:

Metra is a commuter rail system in the Chicago metropolitan area serving the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs via the Union PacificBNSF, and other railroads. The system operates 242 stations on 11 rail lines.  Metr is the fourth busiest commuter rail system in the United States by ridership and the largest and busiest commuter rail system outside the New York City metropolitan area.

For additional information contact Fred Cozzi at Railhead Corporation at 800-235-1782 or visit our website at

Wednesday September 27 2023