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Subway Drivers’ Union Urges Slower Train Speeds

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The union representing subway operators has advised its workers to drastically reduce their trains’ speed as they enter stations, a directive that was triggered by the recent deaths of two people who were pushed in front of oncoming subway trains in New York City. According to a news report in The New York Times, a flyer that was distributed by the Transport Workers Union Local 100 advises train operators to slow down especially when they enter stations. The flyer asks operators to enter every station “as if there is a pair of yellow lanterns at the entrance.” Such a scenario would call for trains to observe a speed limit of 10 mph and sound a horn.

Recent NYC Subway Deaths

The move comes after a recent spate of subway accidents including two incidents where individuals were pushed into the paths of oncoming trains. Roughly one person a week dies on the tracks in New York City. In 2012, 55 people died after getting hit by New York City trains and many of these incidents involved suicides, officials say.

Proposed Safety Measures

However, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has opposed such a speed change and said that any effort to comply with the flyer would be a violation of drivers’ work rules. MTA has asked the union to stop distributing these flyers. MTA officials say that a slower speed would lead to poor on-time performance and fewer train trips causing more gridlocks and crowded platforms.

In addition to these flyers, the union has also sent a letter to the president of New York City Transit outlining a series of safety proposals including slower train speeds, allowing passengers on platforms to turn on a safety warning light to alert train operators, soliciting design ideas to improve platform safety and conducting a safety awareness program specifically relating to what riders should do if they or others fall onto the tracks. For its part, MTA has said that it would consider testing sliding doors at station platforms.

Liability Issues

There are a number of parties that may be held liable for a subway accident depending on the circumstances of the incident. If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a subway accident, the experienced New York personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. In one case, our firm represented a man who jumped in front of an oncoming subway train and had to have his legs amputated below the knees. We recovered a $3.22 million verdict for our client despite being advised during the trial by a well-respected judge to settle the case for $90,000.

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Source: The New York Times 

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