MTA to start testing out subway barrier doors across the city

The new platform barrier doors essentially are going to stand in the way to prevent anyone from accessing the subway tracks before the subway pulls into the station. Once the subway pulls in and comes to a complete stop, it can be accessed but not until then.

News 12 Staff

Feb 24, 2022, 12:49 AM

Updated 822 days ago

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The MTA announced on Wednesday it will be testing out subway barrier doors on the platforms in certain stations as a part of a pilot program. to improve safety, specifically while riding or waiting for the subway.
The new platform barrier doors essentially are going to stand in the way to prevent anyone from accessing the subway tracks before the subway pulls into the station. Once the subway pulls in and comes to a complete stop, it can be accessed but not until then.
Councilmember Alexa Aviles has been vocal about the need for this extra layer of protection and believes it will save lives.
“I just have every confidence,” Aviles said. “While this could be a complex undertaking, and some will say it may be too costly you know, lives are priceless, and we deserve the best system we can get.”
The MTA says it will be testing out this new technology at three stations: the Times Square station, Third Avenue station in East Village and the Sutphin Boulevard stop where the JFK air train connects in Queens.
The development from the MTA comes as Mayor Eric Adams subway safety plan has been in effect for three days now to crack down on rule-breaking and tackle the homelessness crisis taking place onboard subways.
Commuters tell News 12 they want to see this pilot program tested out in Brooklyn.
“I feel very alerted and worried,” said rider Cassius Fraser. “I may be attacked, and they put the barriers up. It could also prevent a lot of deaths and things can be thorough and there will be less crime I feel like.”
“People come in and out of this train station so much,” added commuter Michael Tucker. “Myself included I really think they should've tested out the program at least at this one in Brooklyn.”
This pilot program is part of NYC’s commitment to enforce subway rules of conduct. There’s a priority to help people who need housing and mental health services, but at the same time to ensure the subway is used strictly for commuting and that the system is safe.


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