Platform jumping appears to be an up-and-coming extreme sport in the New York City underground. A Youtube video surfaced of two men jumping across the tracks from platform to platform without any concern for the danger that they were putting themselves in.
This phenomenon falls in suit with “subway surfing” (hanging on to the outside of the train while it is moving) which killed 13 people and injured 56 more between 1989 and 2011. The MTA released a statement saying, “we have an ad campaign coming out soon that addresses the dangers of standing near platform edges and urges customers to be aware of their surroundings. However, the campaign does not address this type of idiocy.”
Not only is unclear when the video was recorded but it also seems unclear on what the MTA can actually do to stop platform jumping. The jumpers could not only be hit by a train while soaring across the tracks but they could aso be electrocuted by the 3rd rail. This reality was almost actualized when the second jumper barely made his leap.
I can assure you that if you’re ever bored in NYC that you will be able to find numerous pass-times that are much less risky. Check out these Platform Jumpers if you have any doubts.
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