Stand clear of the second set of closing doors, please!
The MTA will install safety gates designed to keep riders off the tracks at three subway platforms, the agency’s chairman Janno Lieber announced on NY1 Wednesday.
Advertisement The gates, which align with train car doors and open when trains stop, will come to the Times Square-42nd St.platform on the No.7 line, the Third Ave.station on the L line and the Sutphin Blvd.-Archer Ave.
platform on the E line, Lieber said.
Subway platform screen doors in Seoul, South Korea.(Shutterstock) “It doesn’t work in a lot of places,” Lieber said.“We’re also going to be piloting new technologies to detect track incursion using thermal technology, using laser technology, so we can know quicker when people get on the tracks and hopefully, interdict that kind of behavior.”
Advertisement Advertisement The safety gates are used in subway systems around the globe, including cities like London, Paris and Tokyo.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority published a 3,920-page study in 2019 that found 344 of the subway’s 472 stations have platforms that are too unstable or too narrow to support the safety gates.Installing the technology at the 128 stations where they are feasible would cost at least $6.5 billion, said the report, which was written by the consulting firm STV.
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“It’s going to take a while.We’re going to put the money together, which is a little complicated,” Lieber said.
The STV report found that the platform gates are also feasible at the 34th St.-Hudson Yards station on the No.
7 line, the Nos.4 and 5 train platforms at Fulton St., the L line platform at Broadway Junction and the L line’s Dekalb Ave.station, MTA officials said.
Lieber formed a task force last year to look into technologies to look into technologies that could address a growing number of people entering subway tracks.The group is scheduled to release its report Thursday..