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New York Subway Accidents

New York Subway Accidents

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This article details the risks of New York subway accidents.
This article details the risks of New York subway accidents.

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New York Subway Accidents
 New York residents and visitors rely on the subway todeliver them to and from work or school, to visitfriends and family, and to transport them torestaurants and entertainment venues. Over half of thetotal number of workers in New York City use thesubway each work day. In fact, New York City hasthe highest rate of public transportation usage of anycity in the United States with more than five million people who ride subways on an average week day.Considering the number of people who rely on thesubway for transportation and the frequency of use, it comes as no real surprise that subwayaccidentsoccur.The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority(MTA), is in charge of the operation of the New York City Subway System as well as city busses.The transit authority is responsible for ensuring a safe riding experience for all subway passengers.They are responsible for the maintenance of equipment as well as the hiring and training of sober,dependable train operators and other personnel. The transit authority can be held liable for negligence that causes passenger injury or death.
The Following Hazards Are Associated with Subways:
Train collisions and derailments
Mechanical problems resulting in equipment failure
Operator negligence
Operator fatigue
Below standard walkways, ramps, and curbs, etc., which may lead to
slips and falls
Injuries incurred from improperly maintained train doors. Subway doors, unlike elevator doors, do not reopen automatically.
Turn-stile-caused injuries
Electrocution—Subway tracks contain 600 volts of electrical current.
Lack of sufficient security—Police officers in 12 Transportation Police districts have theresponsibility for keeping subway stations safe, but officers cannot possibly be on all trainsor in all stations all the time.Regardless of the cause(s) of subway accidents, subway accidents are often very serious, causingserious personal injury or even death.
New York Subway Statistics:
The New York City Subway System is the busiest subway system in the entire westernhemisphere.
The NYC Subway System is the fourth largest in the world behind only Seoul, Moscow,and Tokyo.
The NYC Subway System offers service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The NYC Subway System provided more than 1.604 billion rides to passengers during theyear 2010—over five million on weekdays—over three million on Saturdays—over twomillion on Sundays.
The NYC Subway System achieved a 50-year record in ridership in the year 2005 withnearly 1.5 billion riders.
Over six thousand cars were operated by the NYC Subway System as of April, 2010.
Many subway stations have what are called mezzanines allowing riders to enter frommultiple entrances and to proceed to the correct subway platform without having to cross astreet. These also allow for crossover between downtown and uptown platforms.
Passengers must use stairs to enter subway stations where they then proceed toward station booths and vending machines to purchase their fares stored on MetroCards.
Typical subway platforms for waiting on trains range from five hundred to six hundred feetin length.
A single subway platform may become extremely crowded with riders since one platformoften serves more than one train.
By 2015, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has plans to order 340 subway carswhich will feature cameras intended to be used by law enforcement in order to detectcriminal activity.The Metropolitan Transit Authority has the responsibility for keeping subway trains, platforms andstations, and equipment in good condition. They must ensure proper lighting, timely repairs of  broken equipment, and proper placement of warning signs when there are clear and presentdangers. Most subway accidents involve slips and falls.Although MTA New York City Transit offers safety refresher courses for its operators, andalthough daily announcements are made to operators regarding safety issues, operator error doesstill occur often due to negligence.At least 55 major subway train accidents have been reported in the years since 1918 when a trainheaded toward South Ferry crashed into two trains stopped hear Jackson Avenue on the IRT WhitePlains Road Line in the Bronx. The deadliest accident in Brooklyn killed 93 people.
2009-2010 MTA Subway Budget Cuts
In 2009 the MTA faced a budget deficit of 1.1 billion dollars. There were three fare increases fromthe years 2008 to 2010. Reductions in service were also made including the elimination of two part-time subway lines and increased weekday headways on other lines.

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