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Subway-push deaths prompt calls for sliding platform doors to boost safety

If you’ve taken the subway chance are you’ve done it: Peaked out onto the subway tracks to see if your train is coming. Some commuters walk an even finer line along the yellow caution strip… living life out on the edge.

But after Sunando Sen was pushed to his death while waiting for the 7 train last week. It was the 54th death on the subway system tracks this year.

In light of the latest subway push death, Queens lawmakers want improvements to commuters safety, like cameras that actually work, and sliding doors to separate riders from the tracks.

Queens lawmakers want improvements to commuters safety, like sliding doors to separate riders from the tracks.

State Senator Jose Peralta and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer say enough is enough.

That’s why the two Queens lawmakers want improvements to commuters safety, like cameras that actually work, and sliding doors to separate riders from the tracks.

And with several of these precautions already in place in other cities, straphangers agree it’s time to bring them to New York to ensure a safe commute.

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5 Comments to “Subway-push deaths prompt calls for sliding platform doors to boost safety”

    James Winstanley said:
    December 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    This is never going to work. If it is taken up and given funding (guess who's going to pay for it – that's right, you and me), it will take _years_ for every station underground to be fitted with the sliding doors. Nevermind the elevated tracks. A better alternative would be for a series of ads to educate the riders about situational awareness. But even with those measures, you will never stop the lunatic who will shove somebody onto the tracks.

    Another problem I can see with the installation of sliding doors: people rushing to catch the train at the last minute and getting their bag stuck in the doors. If these doors are solid top to bottom, or even vented at the top, there could be more deaths caused by people being dragged between the train and the sliding door barrier.

    Alvarez said:
    January 21, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    James it will work I was stationed in Germany and have been to London were they have the sliding doors and it took 6 months to get the doors installed becasue indivduals measured the palforns and then at night when communters were sleeping the sliding doors were installed and when people would get there bags stuck the slding door would not fully close and the train doors were not able to close, it worked and saved many lives.

    window glass said:
    March 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Using of sliding platform doors is safety and risk free. I think every sliding platform and office should be used the doors as it is increase the house beauty too.

    CRAZYLOCO said:
    April 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    SHIT CRAZY BOYYYY SMH *BIRD VOICE*

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