The challenges would be considerable, the MTA says. The subway system has widely varying architecture, not to mention different types of trains.
‘‘But in light of recent tragic events, we will consider the options for testing such equipment on a limited basis,’’ the MTA said in a statement this week.
The MTA said acting Director Thomas Prendergast wouldn’t comment before a committee discusses the deaths at a meeting this month.
Some people have blasted the safety barrier idea as profligate, unnecessary — and perhaps most damning of all, just not New York. A 2011 editorial in the Daily News dismissed the idea as ‘‘adding a touch of Disney World to New York’s underground lair.’’
Indeed, the cinematographer David’s online petition for barriers in New York has hardly gone viral, garnering about 75 signatures as of this week.
To riders’ advocate Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign, the barriers might be useful in some places but seem unrealistic as a systemwide effort.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who makes a point of letting New Yorkers know he takes the subway to work, said after the second pushing death that people need not ‘‘sit there and worry every day about getting pushed over the platform.’’
‘‘It is such a rare occurrence that no matter how tragic it is, it shouldn’t change our lifestyle,’’ he said. ‘‘We do live in a world where our subway platforms are open, and that’s not going to change.’’
Associated Press writers Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo, Raphael Satter in London and Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong contributed to this report.
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