How to Improve
Subway Platform Safety
Frank X. Didik ---
Subway platforms are extremely dangerous. For example, in 2012,
141 people were struck by trains and 55 were killed in New York City.
This does not include suicides. We can only imagine the horrific
injuries suffered by the survivors while at the same time, probably
many more people fell onto the track, but may not have been hit by a
The solution is obvious, and that is to have a a fence running
the length of the subway platform and a gate that opens and closes in
front of each subway car door with the arrival and departure of the train.
1). NYC subway station platform, which in this case is as narrow as
3.5' and averages about 5'. This poses a significant danger to the
2). Subway station in Tokyo showing a 4' high platform perimeter
fence, on both sides of the platform, with automatic opening doors.
3). Train arriving in Tokyo with automatic doors closed.
4). After the train stops, the train doors and the automatic doors
open together at the same time.
5). When the train is ready to leave, first the train door closes,
then the automatic platform door closes, and then and only then, the
train moves on its destination.
6). Inside a typical Tokyo subway car, which is VERY quiet and the
seats are soft and comfortable. It is interesting to note that up to
the mid 1960's, the NYC subways also had cushioned seats, us a
relatively soft vinyl weave.
If you are a government official or a major
contractor, please contact Frank Didik at inquiry [at] didik.com for
a full report on how subway gates can be implemented system and
nation wide and how they can save lives as well as save money, when
liability is taken into consideration.
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