With an average of 5.4 million people riding the subway on weekdays, 3.2 million people riding on Saturdays, and 2.5 million people riding on Sundays, there are bound to be many security risks and potential terrorist attacks. Luckily, the MTA has done plenty of work to improve the safety and security.
- Designated Off-Hours Waiting Area
- Off-hours waiting areas are either located by the station booth or the middle of the platform.
- Searching of People's Bags
- Police can randomly search people's bags as they approach the turnstile, claiming no racial profiling occurs.
- Pay phones and Talk-Back Boxes in Train Poles
- Talk-back boxes allow you to call an agent at the station booth, however, approximately only 1 in 4 actually work
- Emergency Cords
- There are emergency cords inside of the subway cars to be used for preventions of accident and injury. Pulling the cord will stop the train for accidents such as someone stuck between subway car doors while the train is in motion. Don't pull the emergency cord if someone on the train becomes sick, because the train will stop in its place, which will prevent medical assistance from reaching the ill passenger.
- Speed Control
- When a train passes a certain point on the tracks, a signal is sent to the subway train to slow down at the incoming train stop.
- Future Platform Screen Doors
- This will prevent people from jumping or falling into the tracks.
For more information on safety regulations on trains and buses, visit the MTA Safety website.