In the past, the agency has repeatedly stated that installing platform doors will cost billions, and that the designs of most stations – for many centuries – are incompatible.
But on a wave of crime spikes in the subway a new security plan is proposed from Mayor Eric Adams as well as c the horrible death of Michelle Go after it was pushed to the tracks, the MTA is reconsidering the idea.
It seems that the MTA will target a few specific stations where doors may be possible, and study them.
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These include Times Square on Line 7, Third Avenue on Line L and Satfin Boulevard / Archer Avenue / John F. Kennedy Airport on Line E.
The MTA said the pilot program is scheduled to be unveiled at an MTA board meeting on Thursday, but MTA chairman and CEO Jano Leiber revealed the plan during an NY1 interview on Wednesday morning.
“We will also manage, and this is new, we will control both platform doors at the three stations where the equipment works,” he said. “We’re also going to test new technology to detect an intrusion on the track using thermal technology, using laser technology so we can know more quickly when people are on the track, and hopefully ban such behavior.”
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However, he urged that it was just a pilot program and change would not happen overnight.
“It’s going to take time, we’re going to raise money, and it’s a little tricky,” he said. “But our goal is to test these technologies in different parts of the system, including at three stations, to test the platform doors.”
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