Watch the Gap: Metro-North Rail Service Ramps Up Safety Warnings

December 18, 2007

The Metro-North Railroad has started plastering its stations with signs cautioning passengers about the gaps between station platforms and the commuter rail cars.

The rail service is adding the “watch the gap” signs at several New Haven Line stations in Connecticut and New York.

Stepping into the open space between the platforms and passenger cars can cause injuries and has led to deaths.

The company started putting extra warning signs up last year in its rail cars.

Metro-North spokesman Dan Brucker says the warning could be especially helpful to people unfamiliar with the commuter service and unaware that the gaps exist.

Metro-North’s parent agency is trying to increase awareness on all of its commuter lines.

Last year, a teenager died when she fell into the gap at a Long Island Rail Road station and crawled into the path of an oncoming train.

The Long Island service has pledged to spend more than $20 million to fix its gap problems.


Information from: The Advocate of Stamford,

Was this article valuable?

Here are more articles you may enjoy.