NEW YORK (PIX11) – It seems like every other day in the headlines there’s a tragedy on the subway tracks. They involve people dying in accidents, suicides, and people being thrown to their deaths in front of trains. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says its a big problem that continues to grow and he wants it fixed.
Stringer is calling on the MTA’s Inspector General to investigate other systems from around the world to see how they keep the trains safe.
The request is timely. On Tuesday, a person was killed by a train in Times Square. Three days earlier, a man was pronounced dead after he was hit by a train at the 23rd street, Park Avenue station. He was just one of 4 people killed on the rails in a 24 hour period. Outside the station riders reacted to Stringer’s call for action.
” It’s a good idea. There are too many deaths happening too many accidents,” one rider told PIX11. “I just saw one on TV last week. This woman was just sitting there and this guy punched her and then threw her on the tracks. It’s pretty scary.”
PIX11 asked another rider if he was hopeful that they may have some ideas from other cities around the world that might help us here? He told us “Sure. It’s worth looking at. There are big subways all over the world and a lot of people use them everyday.” he added ” There must be a way to keep people safe, so it’s worth looking at.”
Stringer plans to press his case during a Wednesday afternoon press conference outside the Municipal Building in lower Manhattan.