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WHAT IS THE OVER ARCHING PROBLEM?

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Zoe Potter

on 16 October 2013

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WHAT IS THE OVERARCHING PROBLEM?
TRAIN PLATFORMS AND TRACKS ARE UNSAFE
{HOW} DOES IT AFFECT OUR COMMUNITY?
It effects our entire community, because Subways are everywhere, first of all, and also because majority of the city population uses the train to get places.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM
We could prevent a lot more subway related deaths/injuries
save a lot more money on things like cell phones and what not
Control platform traffic better
Keep trains running on a more consistent schedule
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
GLOBAL CITIZENS PROJECT
XIAO HUI ZHENG * KAROLINA GOMEZ * KENNY ANDERSON * ZOE POTTER
WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM?
It's always been a problem, since before clumsy became a thing, because people continuously drop belongings into the train tracks. Also, recently, the number of train deaths have increased, from people falling into the tracks. In addition to these two issues, platform traffic is a huge issue, from congestion to people getting stuck in train doors.
OUR PROPOSED SOLUTION?
Install a sort of glass wall on the edge of the train platform. This glass wall will have sliding glass doors installed that open only when the train has arrived. The doors close after a certain amount of time, say 2 minutes, which allow the train to move at a faster pace, and therefore stay on schedule. Say you get to the train a second after the glass doors close, there is a button you can press that will force the doors open. Also, there will be a timer/count down that will begin to beep when it reaches 10 seconds to signify that everyone not on the train needs to step away from the tracks.
http://www.nysubway.com/safety/subwaysafety.html states that the most dangerous part of the Subway station is the platform; it is were 90% of all subway related accidents occur.

An article in the Huffington Post in 2012 says that every 2.5 seconds, a subway commuter is struck by a train. In 2010 alone, 128 people were involved in train related incidents. 2011 raised the number to 147. The numbers and percentages are only rising this year.

In 2012, the Daily News published an article about the MTA's consideration into installing sliding doors (like the ones that we are proposing) into subway stations. Companies have already stepped up offering to fund the project, and even offered to instal it for free.

In fact, these systems are installed in the AirTrain system in Jamaica, Queens, and at the airport station.
SOME CONFLICTS?
{THERE MIGHT BE MORE THAN WE THINK }
With the automated door system in place, the rush for the train is eliminated, as is the game of sardines, but at the same time, people may be upset because they can't get into the train
The glass could glitch and either not open, or stay open too long, which would prevent the train from leaving (the train only leaves the station when the doors close, of course!)
The glass would get dirty. This is New York after all
Installation and maintenance would be costly, and what with the fiscal cliff and the governmental shut down, it might not be very practical.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A MODEL?
Tape and glue. Lots!
Popsicle sticks
Toothpicks
Glass. Or plastic wrap. That works too.
... as well as a toy train!!!
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