MTA mulls platform barriers

After a recent wave of incidents involving people shoved or jumping onto subway tracks, the MTA is reconsidering a proposal to put up barriers along platform edges to increase safety.



Forty-four people have died on the tracks this year, officials say. Last year, 50 people died.



Similar barriers have been installed around the world. They open up as passengers load the trains, and they close as the train departs. A similar setup exists on the AirTran platforms nearby at John F. Kennedy International Airport.



A spokesperson for the MTA says it has been studying ways to install platform doors for years, looking at both functionality and the cost.



The MTA says it will continue its campaigns for platform safety to remind passengers to be careful and stand away from platform edges.


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