MTA Could Install These Full-Length Glass Track Barriers on All Subway Platforms

Platform doors, like the ones seen above, will be tested at the Third Avenue station along the L line, the MTA said.
Platform doors, like the ones seen above, will be tested at the Third Avenue station along the L line, the MTA said.
Photo: Kokkai Ng

The MTA is reportedly to soon be installing full-length, full-height subway platform partitions into the 3rd Avenue L-Train station. The glass dividers serve to prevent humans from falling or jumping onto the tracks, and have an added bonus of helping to prevent subway trash from making their way down to the third rail, where they can start fires.

“We’re in the design planning stages and working to overcome structural challenges for a small platform screen doors pilot at the Third Avenue Station along the L line,” said an MTA spokesman in a statement. The agency had no further details, like what materials the doors will be made of, or whether they would stretch from the platform to the ceiling. It’s also unclear when such a pilot would start, though the Third Avenue station is one that will be closed during the L train shutdown, which begins in April of 2019.

Many other public transit services across the globe already use systems like this, including London and Beijing.

Westminister Tube Station in London
Westminister Tube Station in London
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