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Letter: Safe enough to walk between the cars?

The Long Island Rail Road's lost and found

The Long Island Rail Road's lost and found office is a mess and poorly maintained, according to a 15-page study by the MTA's Inspector General's office. Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is finally responding to many warnings by the National Transportation Safety Board that the passage between its subway cars is inherently unsafe [“New look for subways,” News, Jan. 26].

More than 30 years ago, the NTSB noted that the gap between the cars was excessive and that the loosely hanging “safety chains” were ineffective in preventing fatal falls between cars. Ironically, the Transit Authority did have a safe, enclosed passage between cars on the old BMT cars, but dropped that design.

The Transit Authority acted by making it illegal to walk between cars. Hopefully, the new car design is evidence of greater awareness of designing for passenger safety.

John J. Fruin, Massapequa

Editor’s note: The writer is a transportation planner who worked for 30 years for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.