Public demand for train platform barriers surges
Forty-four people have died from train-related accidents in the New York City subways this year, and now public outcry for the MTA to install barriers on platforms is at an all-time high.
A total of 94 people have been killed by trains in New York City between 2015 and 2016, according to the city.
A spokesperson for the MTA says it has been studying ways to install platform doors for years, looking at both functionality and the cost.
The MTA says stations that have curves or columns close to the platform's edge pose a greater challenge for installing barriers. However, advocates argue that many train stations around the world already have barriers that divide the train platform from the car.
In the meantime, MTA officials are testing a pilot program that generates an alarm transmitted to the rail control center and automatically alerts a train operator approaching the station if someone may be on the tracks.