SEPTA considering putting suicide barriers@City Hall station

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SEPTA considering putting suicide barriers@City Hall station

Postby zebrasepta » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:11 pm

http://planphilly.com/articles/2017/06/ ... -platforms
In an effort to prevent people from walking on or along the tracks, SEPTA has put up fences and posted warnings. When train engineers see someone trespassing, they report it in, said SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel, and a crew gets dispatched to repair fences or put up more signs in an effort to stop future trespassing.

The number of trespassing accidents has declined, said Knueppel. “What we are seeing though is we are getting the right-of-way issues, we're kind of doing well with them, but the suicide situation seems to be getting worse.”

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Knueppel said he asked SEPTA’s engineers to consider platform barriers as part of City Hall Station’s ongoing renovation. The walls would separate the platform from the tracks and would feature automatic glass doors, which would open when the train arrived. Some subway stations in London and Tokyo now have those barriers, as to some tramways used at U.S. airports.
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