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Jan 5, 2013 3:04 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

After NYC subway deaths, barriers get new eye

NEW YORK (AP) - Transit officials are giving a new look to the idea of installing safety barriers on New York City subway platforms after three deaths on the tracks since early December.

Dozens of subway and light rail systems around the world have barriers with sliding doors on their platforms. The idea has been broached in New York before but didn't get traction.

But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said this week that "in light of recent tragic events," it "will consider the options for testing such equipment on a limited basis."

Safety doors would be expensive and difficult additions to the sprawling, 108-year-old subway system. But some people are urging the MTA to try it.

A company has proposed to install the barriers for free in exchange for advertising revenue.

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