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Old 11-07-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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Hi Everyone!

So I was just curious on everyone's views of the steady incline in metro suicides.
It baffles me how metro has "set aside" a budget to implement awareness, but I certinaly don't see anything, and how would one be able to truly gage something like that?
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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Hi Everyone!

So I was just curious on everyone's views of the steady incline in metro suicides.
It baffles me how metro has "set aside" a budget to implement awareness, but I certinaly don't see anything, and how would one be able to truly gage something like that?
Do they jump in front of the fast coming metro? Is this a common problem?

What do you mean you don't see anything?
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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This is becoming too common where people are jumping onto the tracks, alot of the time like most suicides it is not published in fear of other people than doing it but metro really needs to look at this, this October 29th was the lastest person to jump on the tracks, but check out this list, it is so alarming,
Record Deaths, Suicides and Fare Hikes: Metro’s Worst Year Ever - City Desk - Washington City Paper

I appologize for the confusion when I said "I don't see anything" I was implying to not seeing metro take any action to help the situation.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Is this unique to Metro? What's happening in this regard with other rail services around the country?
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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I don't understand it. If someone is going to jump in front of a train....they are going to jump in front of a train regardless of a poster on a wall that says they shouldn't.... Metro needs to spend on improving service....not suicide prevention....and the rates for Metro continue to rise with crappy service.

I knew a young man who died on the tracks about a year and a half ago...it was early in the morning and he fell...he didn't jump. Station manager wasn't monitoring the monitors....train ran right over him. A very sad affair. Maybe they should implement some safety/emergency procedure for when something like that happens....like when the gentleman had the medical emergency and fell on the tracks a few weeks ago... Metro chastised the man that saved him....but what would Metro have done.....I don't think they even know.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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The link says:

"In 2009, Metro says there have been eight incidents, six of them fatal. In 2008, the agency reports there were five incidents, two of them fatal. And in 2007, there were six incidents, two of them fatal."

I suppose going from 5 to 8 incidents indicates an increase, but to be honest it sounds like you're making a big fuss over something small. You could also note there was a decrease the year before, since it went from 6 to 5 incidents. Big whoop. 8 incidents is sad, but not really that unusual. Suicides happen. You could waste a lot of money building some sort of prevention device, I suppose, but if someone is determined to end their life there isn't much you can do to stop them.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gidBMjUU-mc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLrCOPnKGyA
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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The US still uses 30+ yr old trains and old platforms. If you go to Japan or Korea, you see their train safety system is 1000 times better than the DC metro.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i5ikCi7_ew
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:27 AM
 
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They should really ban suicides...
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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The US still uses 30+ yr old trains and old platforms. If you go to Japan or Korea, you see their train safety system is 1000 times better than the DC metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i5ikCi7_ew
So , some European cities use 40-50 year old trains , the system does need to overhauled but the DC Metro is one of the best systems in the Nation. The NYC Subway is in my opinion 4x worse then the DC metro. Japan actually has a high suicide rate but you rarely hear about that. The Platform screen doors are only used at New Stations or JCT stations in Asian.
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