Following Deadly Accidents On Subway Platforms, Some Call For Improved Safety Measures

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are renewed calls to make the edge of subway platforms less dangerous following several deadly incidents.

There were three accidents on subway platforms over the last 48 hours alone. In each case, a passenger tumbled from the platform onto the tracks below and was struck by an oncoming train, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.

Last month, a tussle on-board the L train spilled out onto the platform at the Bedford Avenue station and both men fell onto the tracks.

One man was able to climb out, but 20-year-old Joshua Basin was struck by a train and killed.

The number of subway incidents is growing. Last year, 147 people were hit by subway trains, a 15 percent spike in accidents from the year before, highlighting a push for more safety underground.

In many cities across Europe and Asia, platform screen doors have become the norm. The protective barriers were put in place after a rash of accidents on platforms.

So will the MTA consider installing sliding doors at platform edges of all stations?

“The idea came out at the transit committee meeting,” MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said last week. “They’re quite expensive and given the 496 stations, I think that’s the number, it’d be quite prohibitive.”

An MTA spokesperson told Brown, however, that the MTA doesn’t even have the cash to conduct a study of the barriers. The spokesperson said the protective doors would more typically be done when designing a new system – not when retrofitting an older one.

Some commuters think it’s a good idea.

“If makes things safer, I’m all for it,” said commuter Michael Longmore.

But others aren’t so sure.

“I don’t think installing glass would be a protective device, it would probably be more dangerous,” said commuter Corren Vernon. “If someone pushes you, you go over just the same.”

Officials say the barriers could have additional benefits, such as helping to reduce the amount of trash on the tracks.

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • Anthony Milano

    The MTA was presented in 2007 with a solution for Platform Screen Doors at no cost to them, ridership or the city. Platform Media offers safety, security, comfort, modernization and increased revenue. The concept was regurgitated in last years RFI, with no response to move forward.

  • Ryan

    I don’t really think it’s a good idea. People just need to have more common sense around the subway. And if there is some attacker like that incident then more safety should be in place for the stations and trains. I also know many people who like to take pictures and videos of trains for a hobby and doors would also ruin it. But a VERY important aspect is that engineers will then have to stop right at the doors every single time or have to move just a few inches to have them be aligned. The doors not being there allows them to stop anywhere on the platform (sort of) and be alright.

  • Robert Moses

    The only “safe” way to run the subway system is to NOT run the subway system. That’s why ALL public transportation should be BANNED. Anybody who wants to go anywhere should be a real American and DRIVE

    • Start All

      lol its a troll.

      And to any literal idiots here, there are more fatalities per person while driven compared to on public transportation. Just so you all know.

      • Robert Moses

        Yes, but most Americans (and therefore REAL Americans) drive everywhere. Therefore, people who use public transportation are America-hating traitors.

  • jeanne

    they should take away those stupid rubber matts at the end of the platforms, i found myself getting stuck or tripping on them

    • Chips

      Those “stupid rubber mats” are there to actually warn passengers, *especially* blind ones, that you’re by the edge of the platform and should probably move back.

  • Jim

    How many of these individiduals, who were hit by subway trains, deliberately jumped onto the tracks?

  • Not a layman

    Once again the mainstream media has NO idea what it is talking about. Nowhere in this article is it mentioned how the diverse types of subway cars in the fleet and their differing door locations make this impossible.

    • The Realist

      Don’t bother anybody with facts!

  • Amused but not misled


    Guess who.

    Next seat belts and airbags. Airbags- not to be confused with teh gasbags who run the MTA

    • Fd

      You are wrong this is great

      • Amused but not misled

        Tell you mom. Your helmet is too tight. :)

        • Fd

          You are wrong prove it

  • danny

    Maybe they should think about why this is happening more and more. Let’s see, Reduce service. Then make the trains about 1 or 2 cars shorter. More people cramped into these smaller trains that run less frequently. Pushing and shoving into precious little space. Then we get stepped on. We step on. Tempers flare,
    If someone tries to fill a stadium, club or movie theater like the subway, that would be considered a fire hazard.

  • Jaleel Dawkins

    What next, helmets for pedestrians? Enuff with the stupid crap!

  • Tatiana

    I think the MTA needs to stop trying to come up with ways to spend money. How much will they raise the fare in order to cover the costs this time? Maybe if the didn’t raise the fares for superficial things, like making the trains and buses more attractive to tourists, they would have money for more important things like safety. We did not need new those new updated trains. Sure, it’s easier, but was it really necessary? What about the buses? They updated the buses once, and okay, I understood that, it’s been years. But then they updated them twice more! For what? To move the single seats from the left side to the right side? Yeah right, like that’s going to make any difference in how crowded the bus gets. No matter how the seats are laid out, I’m still going to have to push through a crowd of loud teenagers to get off at my stop.

    • The Realist

      Money for the capital program comes from TAXES, not fares. More specifically, it comes from Federal grants plus borrowing; in theory, there should also be state money, but the State legislature doesn’t like money to flow downstate.

      Of course, you already knew that, right?

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