MTA Mulls Over Use Of Barriers To Prevent Subway Deaths
Following a series of subway-related deaths, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to revisit talks of installing barriers to separate the platform and tracks, New York Daily News reports.
According to David Jones, a MTA board member, he believes commuters will be more at ease with added guardrails or devices that’ll prevent passengers from being struck by oncoming trains.
“We’re all still resonating from the murder that was committed on the subway and the suicides that are, seem to be, becoming a regular part of the news,” he said. “It won’t eliminate all that, but clearly, as my daughter rides the train, I think many parents, young people of all ages, would be reassured with some protective devices, particularly at the overcrowded stations.”
According to the news site, 44 people have died this year, while in 2015, 50 people were killed. Recently, passenger Connie Watton was pushed onto the tracks by a mentally ill woman, and was killed by an oncoming 1 train in Times Square.