MTA Chief Lhota Won’t Commit To Subway Platform Barriers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Many cities around the world, including Paris, have glass barriers on at least some of their train platforms.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

Earlier this week, New York City Transit president Thomas Prendergast said the agency was considering the installation of the sliding platform edge doors that open when a train is in the station.

But now MTA chairman Joseph Lhota is saying hang on a minute.

“The idea came out at the transit committee meeting. They’re quite expensive and given the 496 stations, I think that’s the number, it’d be quite prohibitive,” Lhota told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb. “We’ll look at a lot of things, but it’s not something I think we’ll see, quite honestly, in your lifetime or my lifetime, but we will look at it.”

In 2011, 147 riders were hit by New York City subway trains.

Do you think glass barriers are necessary? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Mark

    Might be appropriate for the most dangerous stations (those with narrow, crowded platforms) and certainly worth a test, but systemwide barriers not necessary and too expensive.

  • Jimmy

    It will be like the bus shelters. Nothing will happen until the fix is in for some politically connected firm to make a big profit off of it.

  • louis

    too many people had died in train subway in nyc Do something put barriers sliding doors anything but something riders need to be secure in platforms protect life and do trains a safe place

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