Later today, the MTA Board is expected to approve a funding request for a communications project that will help riders reach transit personnel in case of an emergency. The communications project calls for intercoms to be installed on subway platforms. The first set of stations to have these intercoms installed will be 5 along the Brighton Line. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more in this report:
Straphangers should find it easier to reach transit workers in case of emergency as the agency plans to put intercoms on station platforms.
Intercoms linking platforms and token booths are now few and far between – but NYC Transit is including them in all future station rehabilitation projects, a spokesman said.
Among the first to see the communications upgrade will be riders at five Brighton line stations in Brooklyn.
Workers will install 61 of the devices, one every 200 feet, the spokesman said.
The series of station overhauls began in October and will be completed in December 2011.
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I hope to see this funding approved later this morning by the MTA Board. Such a project is long overdue in my opinion as a reliable means to reach transit personnel should have already in place for riders. However instead of focusing on that negative aspect, I will focus on the positive potential this project brings to the table.
xoxo Transit Blogger