This may not be the place to share this horrible news/rant but I felt like I needed to get this out of my system. Don't say I didn't warn you.
New York City is home the most extensive public transportation network in the world.
Around my neighborhood, during rush hour, a train struck a man who jumped in front of it. But this was no normal train accident. The impact was so severe that the victim's body parts fell to the street below. There are pictures up on twitter but I'm not going to post them here for the sake of the victim's privacy. But let me tell you: it's extremely graphic. It was like something you'd see in a horror anime or in a zombie movie. And I'm not exaggerating. Please let the victim rest in peace.
I was shocked to think that something like this could happen so close to where I live, and it really brought up the issue of New York's subway safety. Unlike Japan and Korea, New York City has extremely filthy subway stations and the platforms are open. There are no rails. Lately this year, there have been many stories of people falling into the tracks or even being pushed into the tracks. And now this.
I hope this issue really gives the city a wake-up call to reform our subway. 4 million
New Yorkers use the subway station every day and this is a serious safety hazard. As of now, the city is building extensions the subway system that will include platform screen doors. However, they were built for the primary purpose of increasing air flow, not for safety reason. And what about the rest of the system? Though it will hinder public transportation and it will cost a lot of money, I hope the city will eventually install such safety measures throughout the metro.
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