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7 Train Service May Have to be Reduced If Window Vandalism Continues: Report


Aug. 21, 2020 By Christian Murray

The MTA may be forced to reduce service on the 7 train if vandals continue to smash windows, according to reports.

On Wednesday, 39 windows were discovered smashed on a 7 train at the Vernon Blvd.–Jackson Avenue station in Long Island City.

A crew of MTA workers also found on Wednesday a cracked window on a conductor’s cab on a 7 train at the Flushing terminal.

The agency is reportedly running out of spare windows to replace them all and the manufacturer can’t keep pace with demand.  Furthermore, a train has to be pulled out of service in order for new windows to be installed.

The agency told the Daily News that the MTA may have to reduce service on the 7 line.

Videos have been circulating of the vandalism, with a rider posting footage of the smashed windows at the Vernon Blvd-Jackson Avenue station this week.

Suspect wanted for smashing 200

Another video was posted on social media in July when a similar incident took place.

The MTA has had to contend with smashed windows across the system for months.

The MTA released a photo earlier this month of a man who has allegedly smashed 200 windows–primarily on the 2, 3, and 7 lines– across 63 trains since March.

There have been no arrests.



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Gardens Watcher

Mr. Hammertime is either an anarchist, a ride-share driver trying to decrease train ridership, or mentally ill.

$300,000 worth of damage so far.

Larry Penner

Less service instead of more service? You must be joking! Communications Based Train Control has been up and running since January 2019 (which was supposed to have been completed by October 2016), there are still signal problems and service disruptions on the #7 Flushing subway line. Now we have vandalism to contend with. Perhaps it is time to return to the good old days when a transit police officer was assigned to ride each train. This, along with installation of security cameras on trains and stations might help to reduce both vandalism and crime.

How many more years must we wait for MTA NYC Transit resume mid-day express service between 10 AM and 3 PM?. This last ran in the mid 1980’s. You have to question if it was worth investing $600 million in CBTC when it only resulted in increasing the number of rush hour trains by 2 from 27 to 29 in each direction. MTA NYC Transit no longer has any other opportunity for increasing rush hour capacity on the #7 line.
Given the tremendous growth in #7 ridership 24/7, riders would welcome restoration of mid day service, Saturday and holiday express services (which briefly ran in the early 1950’s) along with more frequent local service off peak, late evenings, overnight and weekends.
There are opportunities to increase capacity and service. There is always equipment used primarily for rush hour peak service that is available to provide additional service during off peak hours. It is a question of finding millions of dollars more to cover operating costs for additional service. Why not use future Manhattan congestion toll pricing revenues to pay for this?

(Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for grants supporting billions in capital projects and programs on behalf of the MTA, NYC Transit bus and subway, Long Island and Metro North Rail Roads, MTA Bus and NYC Department of Transportation along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ)

Gardens Watcher

MTA presser on Saturday said that they’ve exhausted their supply of replacement windows, so are depending on the supply chain to keep up with MTA’s demands.

So yes, they’ll be less service if they have to pull trains out of service because of the vandalism.

Bleeding heart, self-loathing white liberal dummkopf

I’m sure the misunderstood individuals who do this are oppressed minorities simply expressing their frustration at this systemically racist society where white privilege reigns supreme and young men of color need to resort to crime to keep from starving in the gutter.

They are the true victims!!!


The people who do this are human scum and contribute nothing to society and should be taken outside and squashed!

4 more years

And this is why i will be voting republican down the board. Democrats have failed us time after time , with bail reform, condemning police as the adversaries, not speaking out against the criminality activity of the protesters. and on & on. BTW. the guy that serves me coffee every morning from his cart who is an immigrant like myself whispered to me this morning that he will be voting for Trump. as he is fed up with the anti business & pro crime that the democrats seem to endorse.


Your concerns have more to do with local city and state leaders all chosen by registered voters. It is who the people voted into office and wanted to represent them. Most are very open about what they stand for so what did you expect. Landlords and business wanted the high rents and fancy restaurants so they pushed out the elderly, families with children and long time residents for a quick buck. This is there thank you to us for letting them in by voting for all these young progressive officials. Karma.


Trump lover- Yes, financially starving Social Security, passage of Right to Work legislation and more tax breaks for the top 2% are going to solve an uptick in crime. The president is a convicted career criminal. Hahaha Fear will get you to put Putin’s puppet back in office. It’s called the southern strategy. Look it up. You should vote on policy. Republicans have a proven track record of failure. Ten Wealthiest States Per Capita Income 2020
10. Washington
9. Virginia
8. California
7. Alaska
6. New Hampshire
5. Connecticut
4. Massachusetts
3. Hawaii
2. New Jersey
1. Maryland
US News and World Report After analyzing all 50 U.S. states, here are the 10 poorest states in America for 2020:
New Mexico
West Virginia
South Carolina
North Carolina

Here are the 10 states with the highest homicide rates:

Louisiana (12.4 per 100,000 people)
Missouri (9.8 per 100,000 people)
Nevada (9.1 per 100,000 people)
Maryland (9 per 100,000 people)
Arkansas (8.6 per 100,000 people)
Alaska (8.4 per 100,000 people)
Alabama (8.3 per 100,000 people)
Mississippi (8.2 per 100,000 people)
Illinois (7.8 per 100,000 people)
South Carolina (7.8 per 100,000 people)


David, what do these lists mean? Are the Red states or Blue states?
We see how much of a garbage Blue states are becoming, NJ, NY, CA, IL… Crime ridden places. I don’t care blue or red, we need more conservative, discipline and order. Nobody opened their mouth or did anything for years and gradually this is what NY became. Stop and Frisk must return, broken windows policy must return, if you look sketch, you probably did something sketchy, period. Loiterers must be dispersed, public areas and transportation must be patrolled regularly.
“police state” rather have police state than loud music playing pot smoking robbing stealing fighting criminal state.


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