Transit advocates in Toronto are calling for increased platform security after a woman was pushed onto subway tracks in an incident police are treating as attempted murder.
On Monday morning, police said a woman narrowly escaped a TTC subway train after being pushed off the platform. Police said the incident happened at the Bloor-Yonge subway station downtown around 9 p.m. Sunday evening.
A 39-year-old woman suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries from the fall but was not hit by the train, police said.
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Now a local advocacy group, TTC Riders, says the incident highlights the need for improved safety features on the Toronto subway system.
“Security gates at the edge of subway platforms will increase safety, reduce delays and improve accessibility for people with disabilities,” Shelagh Pizey-Allen, executive director of TTC Riders, said in a statement sent to Global News.
The tray racks are in the TTC’s long-term capital plan, the organization said, but funding has not been found for them. The TTC confirmed to Global News that it had investigated the option but was still unfunded.
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“The TTC has a long history of supporting (dockside gates) because they improve safety and reduce debris on the tracks,” TTC spokesman Stuart Green said in a statement. “They require a significant rebuild of the platform as well as the implementation of ATC to ensure the gates line up at the stations.”
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On Tuesday morning, Metrolinx also confirmed that new subway projects currently under construction, including the Ontario line, will be equipped with safety features, including platform doors.
“Politicians love to announce new subway lines, but the TTC needs more capital funding from all levels of government to maintain and upgrade the system we already have, and more operating funding to increase the service frequency,” TTC Riders said.
Green reiterated that TTC staff were “shocked” by the incident and that underlined occurrences of this nature were rare.
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