Safety Barriers On Toronto Subway Are Years Away

Safety barriers on the TTC subway platforms are at least 15 years away according to general manager Gary Webster. The barriers would prevent anyone from falling or being pushing into the train tracks.
Last year two teens were pushed onto the tracks at Dufferin subway station in Toronto. They escaped serious injury but the fall shows a safety concern.

If safety barriers were installed the doors on the barriers would open as the doors on the trains do. That would require the signals on the train system to be upgraded in insure that the trains were precise on their stops.

While the tracks are being upgraded on the Yonge-University line it isn’t due to be finished until 2016.

CBC reports:

“What we need to think about in the meantime,” Webster told CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning, “is from a customer’s point of view … how do you minimize the likelihood that you’re going to be faced by the random act of someone pushing you to the subway?”

The man who pushed the teens is in custody. He is facing three counts of attempted murder and two assault charges. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation during his first court appearance on Saturday.

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