City officials discuss spending $27 million for rail safety featureUPDATED 7:42 PM HST Sep 26, 2013Video Transcript
City rail officials went before the council today to explain why they approved spending millions for a safety feature that was not part of the original plan. The new design is for a physical barrier that would prevent riders from falling onto the tracks. KITV-4's Nana Ohkawa joins us now with the update... Nana? City rail officials told us the original rail design did not include platform guards because of the expensive cost. But rail officials have changed their minds saying... spending the 27 million dollars for the safety feature is worth the price. A man in Boston gets a little wobbly and falls onto the track.. People wave for the approaching train to stop.. Luckily, it stops just in time. This man also walks right over the edge. Video clips like these were shown to city council members by rail authorities explaining how important creating a platform gate is. 1702 TO US SAVING A LIFE THAT KIND OF STRESS AND MAINTAINING OUR SYSTEM OPERATING AT A VERY EFFICIENT AND SAFE LEVEL TO US THE COST REALLY SHOULDN'T BE THE ISSUE 1715 It's a 27 million dollar issue. The screen gates already approved by rail directors earlier this month weren't in the original plan. The new platform screen gates would look like and work like this about five feet in height. Made of aluminum and plexi glass. The original plan was to have a detection system that would warn the control center if someone or something fell onto the track. For those visually impaired like Rose Pou, she says she feared falling without the physical barrier. Rose Pou 1910 THE DETECTOR IS NOT GOING TO HELP ME IF I TRIP OR ANYONE TRIPS AND FALLS INTO THE TRAIN TRACKS 1917 The rail platforms are tilted down for drainage reasons- making accidents like these possible... A mother lets go of the stroller with her baby inside for a second-- and it rolls onto the track.. Luckily, there wasn't an approaching train ... Then another mother with her baby in the stroller let's go, she tries to stop the approaching train but it's too late.. Both babies only had minor injuries. 1644 EVEN IF YOU HAVE A STROLLER THAT MIGHT START ROLLING BY ITSELF THE ACTUAL BARRIER WILL PREVENT ANYTHING FROM GOING IN BECAUSE THE DOORS WON'T OPEN UNLESS THE TRAIN IS ACTUALLY THERE 1653 It will cost over one million dollars, per rail station, to change the design to physical barriers. 658 million dollars is left in the rail projects contingency fund.