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(CNN) – A recent rash of subway deaths has New York City Transit officials looking at ways to prevent people from falling, or worse, being pushed onto the tracks.
However, there’s no easy fix in an extremely complex system that’s over 100 years old.
[3:05] “There are 468 subway stations in New York City. They’re all designed differently with curves and island platforms and side platforms,” said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign, a subway riders advocacy group. “Over the last ten years there have been about 135 people a year being struck by trains either on the platform or on the tracks and about 35 of them being killed.”
Richard Barrone is with the urban planning think tank the Regional Plan Association. He says some question whether it’s worth spending over a billion dollars on a project like this.
[3:56] “About 1.6 billion riders, 1.6 billion annually, ride the subway and, you know, approximately 50 people die. Typically it’s the result of a suicide. So the numbers are really very low.”