More smoked windows found on 7 line subway car in Queens


Another 7 line subway car with 18 smash windows was found in Queens on Friday night, a long streak of summer vandalism that cost the MTA thousands of thousands of dollars to repair.

The NYPD said that at about 11:37 a.m. on Friday, a 7 train pulled into 61st Street-Woodside station and an MTA police officer noticed smoked windows in another car.

The train was forced out of service, and the MTA’s estimated cost to repair the windows would be $ 9,000.

The MTA said more than 400 subway windows have been broken since May, with more than 64 reported, according to police. While 7 trains have been the main target, train cars on lines 2 and 3 have also been vandalized.
(Update: The MTA said on Saturday that more than 500 windows had been broken since May, resulting in more than $ 350,000 in damage).

The MTA said they are running low on replacement glass inventories. The agency has also warned that vandalism streak may delay service as vehicles are removed from service for repairs.

“This criminal act means that taxpayer’s money will be diverted from providing service, it unnecessarily delays ridership, and puts the entire train in the repair yard. We are cooperating with the NYPD which Is aggressively investigating and will face both criminals if arrested. Prosecution and demand for full restitution, “said MTA spokesman Kayla Shultes in a statement on Saturday.

The investigation was on, police said. In early August, the NYPD released a photo of a man he said was “wanted in connection with a citywide criminal mischief pattern.”


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The NYPD released a photo of a man wanted in connection with a wire to Metro window vandalism.

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Meanwhile, the MTA is looking at a grim financial forecast with an estimate that it is losing $ 200 million a week due to a dramatic drop in ridership and tax revenue and rising costs of cleaning buses and trains during the epidemic. Due to this. The President and Chief Executive Officer of the MTA, Pat Foe, has stated that if the level of service continues at this level then the financial shortfall will be far worse than the Great Depression.