NYC Transit chief tells MTA he’ll do more to stop deaths on subway tracks
Sharp jump in number of straphangers struck by trains; 147 hit in 2011 and nearly 1 in 3 died
By Pete Donohue / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 10:47 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 10:47 AM
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Stuart DiMartini is a New York City personal injury lawyer and accident attorney.
A view of the subway tunnel on the E train at Union Turnpike.
The head of NYC Transit says he’ll do more to keep straphangers off the dangerous tracks after a jump in fatal accidents.
A top transit official said Monday he’ll increase outreach efforts to try and counter a rise in the number of subway riders hit by trains.
NYC Transit division President Thomas Prendergast, speaking at an MTA committee meeting, said “an aggressive marketing campaign” is needed to warn passengers to stay away from the platform edge.
But transit officials are still considering placing platform doors in some stations, particularly extremely busy hubs like Grand Central, Prendergast said.
Officials also will explore including safety barriers as part of the new No. 7 line station being built near the Javits convention center, he said.
As the Daily News reported Monday, a new MTA report found a sharp leap in the number of riders who were hit by trains from 128 in 2010 to 147 last year. Nearly one in three people who were struck died.