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NYC vandals smash windows on dozens of subway trains, suspending service


They need some broken windows policing!


Subway officials said 45 trains were hit during the attacks and 25 were fixed in time for the Thursday morning commutes, forcing officials to trim schedules, despite ridership surging as families return from summer vacations and with school back in session.


“This is, in no uncertain terms, outrageous. We will find you, we will to catch you, we’re going to throw the book at you,” said Rich Davey, the top boss of the city subway and bus systems. “It’s not just an inconvenience for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.”


Davey estimated the repair work could cost as much $500,000.


A total of 97 windows were broken during a roughly 29-hour time frame that ended at 6 a.m., the MTA said Wednesday night. Initially, officials said 78 windows were broken on 36 trains.


NYC Transit said it expects to run full W service in time for Thursday morning’s rush as repair work was ongoing.


The attacks come less than three years after vandals busted windows on trains running on the No. 7 line, leading officials to offer a $10,000 reward.


However, repairs have been made more complicated because — unlike the 7 line attacks in 2020 — the trains hit so far are some of the oldest in the system and date back to the Cold War.




That means replacement parts are hard to come by.


“We don’t have thousands of windows in stock,” Davey told reporters. “They just don’t make them anymore. So, we’re stealing windows off of our cars in our yards right now that aren’t in service to put these back in service.”


“It’s not like cleaning your window at home or changing from spring to fall to summer your screen door, this is complicated stuff,” he added.


Police vowed to catch the suspect or suspects behind the wreckage.


“I’m confident, very confident, that we will identify the locations of occurrence as the video system in the New York City subway system is vast and robust and proves to be extremely helpful,” NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper said in a statement.


“Breaking windows on trains, causing them to be put out of service, not only inconveniences our riders, but it’s a crime, and when caught, those responsible will be arrested and will be facing felony charges.”

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