Wednesday, February 2, 2011
MTA looking at safety glass
From the Daily News:
The MTA may install sliding mechanical doors on subway platforms so riders can't fall, jump - or get pushed to the tracks.
The metal-and-glass doors would be part of a barrier along a platform's edge and would open only after a train stops at the station, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority document shows.
The protective platforms under consideration are increasingly common overseas in cities like London, Paris and Tokyo. They are also in use closer to home at AirTrain stops in Queens and in New Jersey.
Subway riders yesterday said the platform barriers and doors would be a good addition but worried about the costs and whether installation would drive fares up.
One plan under consideration is to allow whoever builds the doors to share the revenue from advertising that would go on them.
NYC Transit has drafted a two-page list of requirements for the platform-edge barriers in what is called a "Request for Information" that is due back from manufacturers in March. It asks companies interested in the project to describe their qualifications and how they might proceed if selected.
Proponents say the door would do more than just help protect passengers - it would also help reduce the number of lawsuits and the million-dollar payouts the agency faces each year.
Another added benefit: The doors would prevent trash from being tossed or blown onto the tracks. Hundreds of trains are delayed each month by small fires ignited by sparks from trains and the electrified third rail.