After NYC subway deaths, barriers get new eye

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Photo -   FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2010 file photo, an airport worker looks out of the car and through the open doorway of the glass security barrier at Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington. New York City transit officials are considering similar safety barriers between passenger platforms and trains after two people were pushed and a third fell to their deaths on the tracks since early December 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2010 file photo, an airport worker looks out of the car and through the open doorway of the glass security barrier at Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington. New York City transit officials are considering similar safety barriers between passenger platforms and trains after two people were pushed and a third fell to their deaths on the tracks since early December 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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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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