Still Hesitant On A Subway Death Solution? Check Out What Happened Over The Past Five Days
The growing controversy over subway deaths has stricken all parties involved in the transportation scene.
The MTA, stuck with little cash to maneuver, has provided flat solutions, including platform doors and laser alarm systems, that are getting nowhere because, given, the agency can't get past the whole price tag thing. The Transport Workers Union Local has informed its conductors to slow down but this advice was chastised by the MTA as a major service delayer. As a result, the emergency meeting called by Councilman Joe Vacca ended in a yelling match between the union and the agency. And then there's the NYPD, with its officers busy Big-Brother-ing the mentally ill.
Needless to say, this controversy has hit a brick wall... at the worst time possible.
In the past five days, seven people have been struck by a subway. Do the math: that's more than a person a day. If that's not enough reason to spark urgency to this situation, we seriously have no idea what is.
Here's a breakdown of what's happened in less than a week:
Yesterday morning, a man jumped into the subway tracks at the West 23rd Street A/C/E station, leading to his fatality. As of now, the authorities on the scene believe it was suicide.
On Saturday night, a man had his legs severed after falling onto the subway tracks at the Yankee Stadium stop up in the Bronx. Cops have presumed that the man was intoxicated.
Last Friday witnessed two separate bloody events underground. Up at West 86th Street, a man was non-fatally hit by a Bronx-bound 1 train in the morning; later that night, a man died after being hit by a 2 train at Penn Station.
On Thursday, a man jumped onto the tracks at the Briarwood/Van Wyck Boulevard F stop in Queens. The authorities have also deemed this incident a suicide.
And Wednesday ran the same as Friday. A man killed himself after jumping in front of a F train at the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue station in Queens. Later that day, another man attempted to suicide but was only clipped by a 1 train at Columbus Circle.
In effect, these separate incidents raise two very important questions that are at the foundation of this strange phenomenon:
First, what is it about the current time and place that is drawing pedestrians in record numbers to intentionally jump in front of subways? And, second, what is about the scenario, whatever it may be, that is forming this weird appeal to males? If we scan over the headlines from the past few months, one will notice that a majority of these subway incidents involve men, not women. It's a strange feature of the controversy that still has yet to be explained.
Whatever the answers to these questions may be, all the parties mentioned before need to get their act together. It's evident that this bloodshed isn't going anywhere; if anything, it's only getting worse. Now is the time to act.
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