Sliding Doors Could Make NYC Subway Platforms Safer
NEW YORK (WCBS 880/1010 WINS) – Last year, subways killed 40 people in New York City.
WCBS 880’s Sean Adams talks to commuters
1010 WINS Reporter Carol D’Auria talks with straphangers
It happened again over the weekend when a young man from Brooklyn was struck and killed by an L train.
No one knows how he ended up on the tracks.
In the future, sliding mechanical doors at the platform’s edge could save lives, preventing people from falling, jumping, or getting pushed.
The MTA confirms to the New York Daily News that it’s in the preliminary stages of learning more about these protective barriers, like the sliding doors on the AirTrain.
Underground, folks think it’s a no-brainer.
“[It’s] very dangerous for kids,” said one woman.
“That’s what we need, especially during rush hour. It’s like so many people on the platform,” said another woman.
Regarding the cost, one idea calls for advertisers to foot the bill.
Sliding doors are also used on parts of the Beijing and Paris subway systems, as well as the airport train system in Atlanta.