Manhattan boro prez Scott Stringer calls for audit into subway safety
As another person fatally jumped to his death from a subway platform Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is calling on the MTA to launch a probe into subway safety.
Citing recent subway deaths, including Tuesday's when an unidentified man was killed after jumping in front of an uptown No. 2 train in Times Square, Stringer is asking MTA Inspector General Barry Kluger to "conduct an in-depth audit" of safety in light of the "recent string of subway fatalities that have created a palpable sense of apprehension among straphangers in New York City."
Subway deaths are common, with 55 people killed last year after being struck by subways, out of 141 total incidents. In 2011, 47 died out of 146 struck.
Platform safety, however, has beeen grabbing headlines, as two people were pushed to their deaths in December, followed by a handful of both fatal and non-fatal accidents in recent weeks.
In response to Stringer's letter, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said the agency is "strengthening its robust public education campaign" to warn riders to stand away from the platform edge, among other safety warnings.
Ortiz also reiterated that the MTA is planning a pilot program to test platform doors in a station along the L train "sometime in the next several years."
The inspector general's office didn't respond to a request for comment.