In the past week alone, three people have been killed, one person has had a leg severed, and two others have been seriously injured in separate subway incidents. This morning on WNYC, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said that this recent surge of subway deaths means “we’re really on pace now to hit 116” in 2013. In light of this, Stringer and Transportation Commission Chairman James Vacca have now called for, respectively, an in-depth investigation and emergency hearings into these deaths, and what can be done to prevent them.

"Even one life lost on our subway tracks is one life too many," Vacca said in a statement announcing the emergency hearings. "It's time for elected officials, the public and the MTA to say 'enough is enough' and actually do something about this problem. Standing by without a plan of action as incident after incident occurs is not an option," he said. "The MTA needs to bring all the stakeholders to the table and acknowledge that this is a serious problem that demands a coordination solution, and they must tell the public what their plan is." Vacca's call came after a woman attempted suicide at the Bedford Avenue L Train station on Monday—a day before another person fatally ran head-first into the side of a northbound 2 train.

Last year, there were 54 (or 55—we're seeing a slight discrepancy in the stats you believe) deaths-by-subway, and approximately 150 incidents where people were struck by subways. Stringer plans to call on the MTA Inspector General "to conduct an in-depth investigation of recent subway-related injuries and fatalities and consider safety programs now being effectively utilized in transit systems across the world." Those possible programs include everything from new signage to sliding doors.

The MTA has noted that they are open to considering installing sliding doors on some subway platforms. Thomas Prendergast, the agency’s acting executive director, previously said that the L is an ideal test spot because it doesn’t share track with other lines and is used by only one type of train. But based on our conversation with transit architect Jonathan Cohn, the design director of the JFK AirTrain, it sounded as though the MTA was just indulging a good but ultimately too-tough-to-implement idea.

Having said that, the MTA haven't sat back while all this has been happening as well: they're already planning an “aggressive passenger information campaign” to warn straphangers to stand away from the platform edge. That includes revamping the announcement system to increase the frequency of the messages. The MTA is also considering expanding the “see something, say something” campaign to ask straphangers to look out for the mentally ill.

In addition, the TWU has also launched a flyer campaign aimed at slowing down the speed of trains as they enter subway stations. That was an idea subway hero Ramiro Ocasio, who selflessly saved an elderly man who had fallen onto the tracks last Friday, strongly agreed with.