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Several Windows Found Smashed on 7 train at 61st Street-Woodside Station

7 train with broken glass (Twitter: @TripleG_RTO)

Sept. 14, 2020 By Christian Murray

A vandal smashed more than a dozen windows on a subway car on the 7 line in Queens Friday night.

MTA police found 18 broken windows at around 11:40 p.m. as the subway car pulled into the 61st Street-Woodside station.

More than 500 windows have been smashed since May, according to the MTA, resulting in more than $350,000 worth of damage.

The 7 train has been the main target. For instance, on Aug. 19, police discovered 39 smashed windows on a 7 train at the Vernon Blvd.–Jackson Avenue station in Long Island City. A crew of MTA workers also found a cracked window on a conductor’s cab on a 7 train at the Flushing terminal that same day.

The cars on the 2 and 3 trains have also been vandalized, although not to the same extent.

The agency is reportedly running out of spare windows to replace them all and the manufacturer can’t keep pace with demand.

The MTA announced last month a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of what is believed to be a serial vandal. It released footage of a suspect on Aug. 18

Patrick Foye, the MTA chair, said last month he hopes that prosecutors put the perpetrator in prison, which will send a message that this will not be tolerated. He said the MTA will also pursue civil litigation against the vandal in an attempt to recover the costs associated with replacing the smashed windows.

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Javier

Here’s a thought…..how about the trains manufacturers use a different material other than glass? Im sure they can come up with a scratch proof/shatter proof material using plexi-glass or something. Its probably cheaper and lasts longer. Come on people, its 2020!

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sean

I call bs on this , it’s a plot from mta to get police on the train from nyc gov,so they don’t pay for it

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Pink

Seems like it would be more cost effective to put a few plain clothes cops on the…..oh yeah. Never mind.

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The NYPD hasn't been defunded by a single penny

You’re gonna have to wait a while before you blame all your problems on that.

You make a great point though: the NYPD have PLENTY of resources to address this. Why aren’t they?

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