New York is installing netting under elevated subway tracks where debris keeps falling onto streets below

Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty ImagesAt least five piece of debris have fallen from elevated subway tracks in Queens, New York

After several terrifying instances of objects plunging from elevated subway tracks, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday it would install netting along the plagued line in Queens.

MTA officials originally denied a requests from a city council member to install netting in May, the city reported, with the agency’s head of New York City Transit, the subdivision that operates subways and buses, saying it could impede access to the tracks for inspection.

But after a fifth incident this week, in which a woman was nearly hit by a piece of metal falling from the elevated train structure, the MTA reversed course.

“This has the attention of the highest levels of MTA leadership. We are working to quickly put into place an initial deployment of netting to understand if it can be used to contain debris while also still providing enough visibility and access to perform regular inspections,” a spokesperson told Business Insider.

“The 7 line has undergone multiple inspections of its structure in recent months, and the debris that was found today appears to have broken clean recently with no signs of slow deterioration or stress that would have been visible earlier. We’re glad that no one was hurt and look forward to seeing the results of a netting pilot which will be deployed in limited locations around the city including the 7 line.”

The agency also sent a letter to council member Jimmy Van Bramer, a spokesperson said. Van Bramer had previously amplified many of the prior incidents to MTA officials and called for the netting last month.

“I’m relieved that after months of advocacy, the @MTA is planning to install netting under the elevated 7 train in #Woodside,” he said on Twitter. “It should have never taken this long.”

You can read the MTA’s full letter to the city council member below:

  Letter MTA to Van Bramer byGraham on Scribd

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