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File #: Res 1811-2013    Version: * Name: MTA to proceed with a track intrusion technology pilot program in the NYC subway system.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 6/12/2013
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to proceed with a track intrusion technology pilot program in the New York City subway system.
Sponsors: Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Peter A. Koo, G. Oliver Koppell
Council Member Sponsors: 3
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Peter F. Vallone, Jr. City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/2013*Peter F. Vallone, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/2013*Peter F. Vallone, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1811
 
 
Resolution calling upon the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to proceed with a track intrusion technology pilot program in the New York City subway system.
 
 
By Council Members Vallone, Koo and Koppell
      Whereas, In 2012, 141 people were struck by subway trains in New York City, resulting in 55 fatalities, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA); and
      Whereas, Over the past 12 years, on average, 135 people were struck by trains each year, resulting in an average of 44 fatalities each year; and
      Whereas, Contact between passengers and trains takes many forms; in order from most common to least common, these include: tripping and falling onto the track or into a moving train; suicides; intentionally entering the tracks (i.e. to retrieve items or trespassing); leaning over the platform edge; being pushed or bumped onto the tracks or into a moving train; falling as a result of a medical condition (i.e. seizures); falling between cars; and
      Whereas, After a series of high-profile incidents, including two cases of passengers being intentionally pushed off subway platforms to their deaths in December 2012, the Council's Committee on Transportation held an emergency oversight hearing on preventing train-passenger collisions in the subway on February 7, 2013; and
      Whereas, At the February hearing, MTA officials included track intrusion technology among the measures they would consider as a means to prevent train-passenger collisions and at a subsequent committee hearing in May 2013, MTA officials indicated that they would like to begin a track intrusion technology pilot by the end of 2013; and
      Whereas, Such systems typically are designed to detect people and objects of a certain size and to automatically trigger an alarm and alert train control centers upon any intrusion into the track area; and
      Whereas, Track intrusion technology has possible security-related benefits, in addition to potentially preventing train-passenger collisions; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to proceed with a track intrusion technology pilot program in the New York City subway system.
LS#4709
5/15/2013
JM