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.
G. Oliver Koppell, a councilman from the Bronx, has invoked a rarely used City Council rule to force a vote on a bill that would require all new taxis to be wheelchair-accessible, but the move might well prove a symbolic one.
East Bronx Councilman Jimmy Vacca hopes that one day the M.T.A. will run commuter rail through the East Bronx to Westchester.
"Commuters traveling from the East Bronx to work in Westchester have no viable choice but to take their cars and sit in traffic on the Hutchinson River Parkway, which is backed up every day," said Vacca, the chair of the Council's transportation committee, during a hearing about mass transit in the outer boroughts.(6)
Since 2005, about 72,000 pedestrians, drivers, passengers and cyclists have been injured in car crashes. But thanks to a loophole in New York City law, unless a driver is proven to have been drunk or distracted, or the accident victim dies or is so seriously injured as to be categorized “likely killed,” the police don't usually do much of anything.
In part, that’s because the NYPD’s expert squad of accident investigators, the kind of officers who can derive meaning from the width of skidmarks, numbers only 19.