The STM to test out suicide prevention barriers at 13 separate metro stations

Aug 17 2018, 3:40 pm

With Montreal Metros slated for the Blue Line expansion, the city’s public transit authority expects the underground transit system to become more crowded than usual. The Société de transport de Montréal is now planning on installing suicide prevention barriers.

The test project will be installed at 13 stations across the Orange Line. The barriers will be equipped with glass doors that open automatically when a metro car stops. These doors will prevent people from accessing the tracks.

Suicide prevention barriers are becoming more widespread on underground train networks all over the world.

The STM hopes the barriers can also help to reduce the number of shutdowns and prevent delays and traffic underground.

Though just a pilot project, STM media relations confirmed with Daily Hive that the city’s forthcoming light-rail trains will be equipped with the “anti-suicide” barriers.

The metro barriers are slated to be installed at the start of 2019.

The STM however, couldn’t give a budget as to how much the metro’s potential new barriers could cost.

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