Platform screen doors
About 135 riders get hit by subway cars every year. Many of them die, some of them spectacularly, like in December, when Sunando Sen and Ki Suk Han were pushed to to their deaths.
Subway platform doors, like the kind on the Air Train, are the only known way to prevent deaths on the tracks. But in light of the many challenges to installing them in New York City's subway systems, some people are asking, why not subway track sensors instead?
"To me it’s an example of something that’s worth thinking about," said Gene Russianoff, the head of NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign.(1)
This morning, someone committed suicide by jumping in front of an uptown No. 2 train as it pulled into Times Square. Yesterday, a woman jumped in front of a train at the Bedford Avenue stop on the L line.(1)
Now that Joe Lhota has left the M.T.A., the M.T.A. is considering a small-scale introduction of platform screen doors, as a subway-pusher prevention measure.
"It's obvious I'm not at the M.T.A. anymore, because they're talking about doing that," cracked Lhota today, during his remarks at the New York Building Congress.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning urged New Yorkers not to change their commuting habits in the wake of the second subway pushing in a month.(4)
There's really only one known way to prevent straphangers from falling—or being pushed—onto the tracks, as happened to the unfortunate Ki Suk Han this week.(6)