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Flyers Blast MTA Over Station Speed Policy

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The transit workers union is ramping up its efforts to slow down subway trains.

Members of TWU Local 100 are handing out flyers to straphangers that feature the chalk outline of a body on the tracks with the words "The MTA doesn't care if you die."

The flyers blame the agency for pushing train speed over rider safety.

The union wants train operators to slow down to 10 miles an hour when entering stations - instead of the typical 35 miles per hour - because of several high profile deaths on the subway.

The MTA says slower trains lead to more crowding on platforms which is a risk of its own.

"What the TWU is asking is almost the equivalent of putting a stop sign on every street corner in the city. It just doesn't make sense," said MTA Spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

The agency says it's committed to developing more effective ways to ensure rider safety.

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