Panic bars to be installed in Bronx, city subway stations

Bronx straphangers will soon have a quicker way to escape from an emergency situation in city subway stations.

According to the Daily News, ?panic bars,? similar to those on emergency exit doors at movie theaters, will be installed on subway station gates near turnstiles and stairwells. The exits would allow riders to get out without asking a token booth clerk to unlock the gates. When pushed, the bar unlocks the gate and sounds an alarm.

Currently, a prototype of the bars is being tested in Brooklyn. The Daily News reports more than 1,300 gates across the Bronx and city will be fitted with panic bars by December 2006.

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