What Works: Week 4

Yet Another Worrisome Subway Statistic: More People Are Going on the Tracks

This article, by Emma Fitzsimmons, caught my eye with the title but didn’t give much more information. I felt that although I was given several statistics, nothing else happened. I assumed that the content of the article would contain solutions to the problem and a more statistical analysis of why people are going on the tracks. Instead, the article said that the motivation for going on the tracks was unclear most of the time, but it was not a suicidal attempt most of the time.

The article did provide a few interesting facts about the fast-paced world of public transit, but didn’t provide actual solutions. It was referenced that other major public transit hubs had tried certain methods to prevent people from climbing on tracks and objects falling in. However, the methods that were put in place outside of New York would have been too expensive or impractical for New York’s subway system.

Near the end of the article, it switches from possible solutions to the effects on the subway worker’s psyche when they are involved in an accident or death on the tracks. It then quickly cut to an odd ending with a man complaining that the subway was late and he was sweaty for a meeting.

I thought the article could have done a better job of being focused and provided more information about possible solutions instead of simply pointing out the problem that the subway system is currently encountering.