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After Tragedies, NYC Mulls Subway Barriers

November 15, 2016

NEW YORK — Transit officials in New York City are reconsidering adding barriers on subway platforms following a string of recent tragedies involving subway trains.

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.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member David Jones requested Nov. 14 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.

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