LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alarmed by an increase in suicides on its rail tracks, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is making a rare appeal for the public's help.
Since the beginning of last year, seven people have thrown themselves in front of trains on the Blue Line, which traverses some of the county's poorest areas on its 22-mile route between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Before the recent increase, suicides had averaged one per year since the line opened in 1990.
Suicide by train is a touchy topic, with many transit agencies worried about copycats if they talk about it.
But on Monday, LA Metro is focusing on the issue, asking the public to extend help to people who might be contemplating suicide — before they make it onto the tracks.