W Line Train Service Suspended When Over 75 Windows of Trains Vandalized

By Hamodia Staff

More than 75 windows were smashed in an “outrageous” spree, officials said. (Photos by Marc A. Hermann/MTA)

The entire W subway line had to be suspended when over 75 windows were damaged on dozens of trains in an act of massive vandalism, and MTA officials said Wednesday.

Patrick Warren, the chief safety officer at the MTA, said the windows were broken on 36 train cars, which led to a shortage of working trains. This forced the suspension of the W line around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The W line—which serves Queens and Manhattan—remained suspended Wednesday afternoon while repairs were ongoing.

Riders of the W line in Queens are advised to take the 7 or N lines, or the Q102 bus, while riders in Manhattan should take N, Q or R trains.

“I have train crews sitting in that breakroom right now who don’t have W trains to run and they want to be out there,” Richard Davey, the president of NYC Transit, said. He called the vandalism “outrageous.”

The senseless act of vandalism could cost six-figures to repair, Davey said, as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have been left inconvenienced by it. He said those who committed it will be caught thanks to the MTA’s extensive camera system. “We will find you. We have your picture, I have no doubt. We will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

Crews worked since Tuesday night to repair the damage.

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