From the Daily News:
This is NYC Transit's fancy new camera - it costs $23,000 and doesn't even record.
A four-year push to hook up hundreds of cameras in 32 subway stations has become an embarrassing boondoggle, with a ballooning pricetag and nothing yet to show for it.
The 910 cameras, designed to capture images of straphangers entering and exiting turnstiles, won't even be wired to recording devices until some time next month.
By then, the pricetag will have grown from $15 million to $21.3 million - meaning each camera will cost a staggering $23,000.
Critics say the bungle is emblematic of how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority repeatedly fouls up technology and security projects, often in dramatic and costly fashion.
And critics fear the foulups are not only a waste of money - they potentially leave the city vulnerable. Nearly nine years after the 9/11 terror attacks, only 46% of the city's 4,100 subway system cameras are wired to working recording devices, the MTA admits.