Can intrusion-detection technology, the sort of thing the M.T.A. says might help reduce subway deaths, tell the difference between a rat and a person?
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)