The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be testing new technology aimed at preventing people from getting killed on the subway tracks.
The agency says it is looking at several new safety features that would alert train operators that someone may be on the track ahead and tell them to apply the brakes.
One proposal would send a web of laser beams across the track that would trigger an alarm when broken.
Another would transmit radio signals below the platform edge as a way to detect intrusions.
The MTA is also looking into closed circuit TV and thermal imaging cameras to monitor activity on the tracks.
Subway riders said that they welcome the effort to make things safer.
"That sounds like an excellent idea, to prevent people from loss of life and from getting hurt, sure," said one person.
"It could be safer, certainly," said a second. "I think other cities have more advanced safety features than ours do."
"I think that's a good idea, because unfortunately, a lot of people think that their cellphones or purses or whatever they have that's valuable is more important to them than their life," said a third.
So far this year, 144 people have been hit by subway trains, and 52 have died.