CHICAGO (AP) -- A
Chicago resident has started an online petition asking Metra and the Chicago
Transit Authority to install calming blue lights at all train stations as a
way to prevent train suicides.
The Care2 petition
cites a study in Japan that reports blue lights in subway stations led to an
84 percent decrease in the number of suicides by train. The study notes that
itís still unproven whether blue lights are an effective way to prevent
suicide. But that hasnít stopped more than 14,000 people from signing the
creator says itís the ďcheapest and simplest wayĒ to calm travelers and
possibly prevent them from taking their own lives.
Railroad Administration reports there were 28 suicides on Illinois railroad
tracks last year.