Months after debris rained down on Woodside residents from the elevated subway track, the MTA is taking action to prevent further incidents.
On Saturday, MTA New York City Transit announced a new pilot program to test the feasibility of netting to capture debris while still allowing regular inspections.
The 61 St-Woodside station on the 7 line was chosen as one of four sites for the netting “due to a history of loose debris and higher elevations.”
As the MTA noted, the Woodside station, which opened in 1917, runs above Roosevelt Avenue, a main thoroughfare in Queens. It’s also a connection to the Long Island Rail Road.
“Owing to its age and exposure to weather conditions year-round, this location is particularly susceptible to deterioration that may cause debris to periodically fall from the structure,” the MTA says.
Case in point: on February 21, a beam crashed through a car windshield below the 7 train on Roosevelt Avenue and 65th Street. The driver was not hurt.
On Marc 6, more debris rained down at 62nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, striking a moving car. Again, no one was injured.
This led to elected officials calling for immediate action from the MTA.
According to the MTA, a $2 million contract for the netting on the 7 line, as well as the Jamaica J/Z lines, was already awarded on July 5 to FOS.
Let’s hope the netting works to protect the people below.