New York City Transit’s plan to spend millions for design, construction and installation of floor-to-ceiling safety barriers on L line subway platforms may not be the best use of scarce financial resources.
Several years ago, the MTA estimated it could easily cost over $1 billion for installation of platform safety barriers at all 471 stations. The MTA also has yet to come up with a design which could accommodate different station platform and subway car configurations.
These dollars would be better spent fully funding the emergency $836 million "Subway Action Plan" to deal with today's crises. It is currently short over $400 million.
Millions of people safely ride subways daily without falling onto the tracks. Far more pedestrians die crossing a street than those pushed or falling onto a subway track. What's next, safety barriers on every street corner protecting pedestrians when crossing the street?