Transit union takes on MTA subway policy

Members of the Transit Workers' Union say in the wake of numerous subway deaths, trains need to slow down more when entering stations.

Members of the Transit Workers' Union say in the wake of numerous subway deaths, trains need to slow down more when entering stations. (1/20/13)

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN - The city subway operators' union has launched a campaign against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), claiming its policy on how fast trains operate endangers passengers.

Members of the Transit Workers' Union say in the wake of numerous subway deaths, trains need to slow down more when entering stations. The MTA claims doing so will cause more riders to be waiting on platforms and increase the risk of an accident.

Trains currently enter stations at about 35 mph, but the union says it should be slowed down to 10 mph. Union members have been distributing fliers accusing the MTA of prioritizing a fast schedule over passenger safety.

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