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January 11, 2013

NYC considers safety barriers after 3 subway deaths

  • About 140 people are hit by New York City subway trains per year, in situations such as accidental knocks and willful leaps.
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Every day, throngs of riders stand on the edge of danger in the nation's busiest subway system, waiting on platforms with nothing between them and the tracks.

    Dozens of subway and light-rail systems around the world have safety barriers with sliding doors on their platforms, but the idea hasn't gotten traction in New York. Yet transit officials are giving it a new look after two people were pushed and a third fell to their deaths on the tracks since early December.

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