A good or bad idea?
New York City subway union workers are distributing bloody MetroCards to riders in light of recent tragedies that have occurred in NYC’s train stations.
The amount of deaths in the subways has risen considerably in the last 3 years. Just last month, a man was pushed onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train and instead of attempting to help the man back onto the platform, a bystander pulled out his phone and took a picture of the unfortunate fellow just before he was hit by the train and killed. Two other people were also killed by pushing onto the train tracks while another committed suicide by throwing themselves in front of an oncoming train.
The union is advocating for changes that would make subway trips take 20% longer but would be much safer in the event of an accident or attempted murder. The MTA’s idea to solving the issue is to copy ideas that have been implemented in the subways of France and Japan, such as placing barriers between the tracks and the platforms.
It would seem that the union’s solution is inconvenient but effective for the short-term, and the MTA’s would cost more money but would be effective for the long-term for preventing subway tragedies.
Hopefully they can work together and figure out something. I think the barrier idea would be the best thing to do and not these bloody and creepy MetroCards.There’s a reason why other countries have these barriers in their subway systems because it works.
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