Approximately one death per week occurs in the New York subway system, according to MTA statistics. In 2013 alone, 151 people were struck by trains, resulting in 53 deaths. The financial costs of these accidents are staggering, and the emotional and personal costs can be immeasurable.
In late 2013, the MTA launched a pilot program to examine various “track intrusion” detection systems that would alert MTA staff if a person or object was on the tracks. Some of these systems rely on highly sophisticated technology, and supporters argue that their value in protecting lives is worth the cost of installing them in every subway terminal. Opponents, however, note that many of these technological systems have one major flaw: they don’t warn trains in time for operators to hit the brakes.
If high-tech systems aren’t the answer, would low-tech platform gates and doors help? According to a recent op-ed published online by USA Today, the answer is yes.
Supporters of installing gates and doors on New York subway platforms note that the solution has already been implemented in other major world cities with success. The lower-tech option has less risk of failing and doesn’t require trains to be able to brake in time, which supporters cite as another “plus.” However, opponents note that the costs of installing gates could be at least as high as the costs of installing more high-tech systems.
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