MTA reconsidering the addition of subway platform barriers

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NEW YORK – With a string of recent tragedies involving subway trains in New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reconsidering the addition of barriers on platforms to curb more injuries and deaths.

The New York Daily News reports a total of 44 people have been killed by trains in the city this year, either by jumping onto the tracks or being pushed off platforms into the path of oncoming trains. There were 50 fatalities that occurred in 2015.

MTA board member David Jones requested Monday that transit officials look into platform barriers to figure out a cost, timetable for implementation and key stations where they could be installed.

The MTA has pushed back against the idea of such barriers in the past due to their cost and potential to slow down service.