A Subway Pushing Renews Calls for Safety Measures

The transit system had been enjoying a recovery from the height of the coronavirus pandemic. A random attack is now threatening its progress.

A Subway Pushing Renews Calls for Safety Measures

The New York City Subway finally recovered from the coronavirus epidemic.

Transit crime rates are declining. The number of riders has risen from the lows during the worst part of the health crisis. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (which runs the network of transit) had received recent recognition.

Infusion of funds

The state prevented a financial crisis. The signs were pointing to a positive trajectory.

Now, a violent attack threatens to undermine that optimism.

A man was emotionally disturbed by the police on Wednesday at the Fifth Avenue-53rd St. subway station.

A 30-year-old female was shoved

The train is leaving. She fell to the tracks after hitting her head against a subway car. The woman's condition remained critical as of Thursday.

Sabir Jones, a 39-year-old man, has been arrested as a suspect. Michael Kemper said that Mr. Jones had been 'known' to the Police Department through his previous arrests and constant presence at subway stations. Mr. Jones, who was arrested on Thursday at the Newark Penn Station near the PATH stop, is a well-known figure in the Police Department. He was still in custody on Saturday.

The same old questions regarding the safety of transit have been raised. This attack has renewed calls to the authorities for additional safety features, such as platform barriers, that can help prevent transit riders from falling on the tracks.

Assemblyman Alex Bores whose district includes a subway station where pushing took place on Wednesday expressed frustration with the M.T.A. The M.T.A.'s slow pace of installing barriers like metal gates that are waist-high.

Bores stated that we need to increase ridership to the level it was before the pre-pandemic period. There are many ways to increase ridership. Safety and perception of safety are two important factors. I believe fixed barriers can make a big difference.

It is uncommon to see someone pushed onto the tracks of a subway that has four million passengers on average every weekday. Police reported that 15 people were pushed from subway platforms this year in New York City compared to 22 last year during the same time period. The police could not confirm how many episodes led to serious injuries, but they did say that most of those who were pushed were able recover safely.

Leaders of the M.T.A. are sensitive to not only crime rates in the system, but also how safe riders feel. Leaders at the M.T.A. are sensitive to not only crime rates, but how safe riders feel.

For years, the authority has been under pressure from various parties to restrict access to railway tracks by building.

screen doors

Similar to those installed in major transit systems of Paris, London and Hong Kong. Transit leaders had initially resisted the call, citing a'special complexity' of retrofitting New York City's century-old transit system. In February 2022 the authority changed its mind, a little over a month after

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A 40-year old Deloitte consultant was pushed to death in front a subway train at Times Square.


Pilot program announced last year

The promise was to install screens on the platforms of a few stations. Transit officials have stated that they do not expect the project to be finished before next year. M.T.A. A spokesman for the authority said it is looking for a contractor who can build the screen doors of the pilot program. The $100 million cost will be covered by the money from the congestion pricing toll that is currently being finalized. It is expected to bring in $1 billion per year.

New York's transit leaders said the system presents many challenges when adding safety features, as some subway platforms are too narrow or can't support the additional weight. The New York subway system also uses different models of train cars that are difficult to align with barriers.

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Study for February 2020

A study commissioned by this authority found that only 128 out of 472 stations in the system could be fitted with barriers within the next 10 years due to cost and engineering issues. The authority estimated the cost of outfitting these stations at $7 billion plus $119 million in annual maintenance costs.

Michiko Ueda Ballmer is an associate professor of Syracuse University.

Study the effectiveness of platform barriers

In order to improve safety, the Japanese authorities should install metal gates or at least small ones.

Ms. Ueda stated that 'it's better than not having anything at all'. If someone is pushed by accident and you have metal bars on the wall, that will definitely help.

M.T.A. is under intense pressure to bring back riders who virtually abandoned mass transit at the height of the pandemic. The M.T.A. is under pressure to regain riders who abandoned mass transit during the peak of the pandemic. In order to restore their confidence, it is crucial for New York's economy. The state mandated the authority improve its service as part a budget agreement that saved the authority from financial ruin this year. The weekday ridership hovers around 70 percent above pre-pandemic levels.

Studi Shah, a 27-year-old visiting from Gujarat in India, was one of dozens who were turned away from the Fifth Avenue / 53rd Street Station where the pushing occurred by police officers on Wednesday. Ms. Shah claimed that the incident had made her fear using the subway.

'It's literally terrifying,' said Ms. Shah.

Chief Kemper described Mr. Jones's situation as homeless. In the last two years, state and city officials have intensified their efforts to relocate homeless people from subways and train station shelters. As of September, city officials reported that they had helped 5,478 homeless people find shelter through this plan.

To calm fears of riders, officials have also increased the number of police officers in the system during this time. They have been instructing officers who normally would be

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According to police statistics, from January through September, the number of major felonies committed in the subway system was down 5 percent when compared to the same period last year.

The M.T.A. logged about 95 million rides, putting the rate of violent crimes at around 1.8 per one million rides. The M.T.A. logged 95 million rides. This puts the violent crime rate at 1.8 crimes per million rides. This rate is about the same as the likelihood of being injured in an accident if you drive a car for two miles.

Comparatively, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (which serves Philadelphia and surrounding areas) had a felony crime rate of 1.6 per million rides in September.

Janno Lieber said that progress has been made in reducing subway crimes, but he called on public officials to do even more to assist homeless people who are in dire need.

Lieber stated that they should be treated and removed from the public space. When things like these happen, we must double down on our efforts to protect New Yorkers.

Asmaa elkeurti has contributed to this article.