How to Improve Subway Platform Safety
Subway platform barriers or gates are the answer
Frank X. Didik --- February, 2014
Updated January 18, 2024

 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 train.

  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 waiting riders.

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] 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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