New York City Transit
The M.T.A. wants to make one thing crystal clear: stay away from the tracks.
Sixty-six straphangers were hit by subway cars through May of this year, 29 of whom died, based upon what the M.T.A. described as "preliminary" statistics. In the same time period last year, there were 60 collisions and 22 deaths.(1)
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
The thing about the planners and engineers and architects whose job it is to create municipal infrastructure—for example, the extension of the No. 7 subway line from 34th Street to 11th Avenue—is that they tend to think of people as problems to be solved. People can't be allowed to stand still for too long; they can't be packed too tight in enclosed spaces; they can't be encouraged to move aimlessly, or in ways that will interfere with the more purposeful movements of others.(1)