K/E and Everyone:
The #7 Line cars have been recently plagued with recent vandalism attacks on subway car
windows. Cars need to be placed out of service and brought to shop facilities to replace
broken or smashed windows. A recent video that has surfaced shows an male individual
breaking windows deliberately on subway cars with a hammer or other large tool.
When I first heard about this story this reminded me of the window-kicking youth fad of the
1980s that plagued various Subway lines and car fleets. Youths would do a "kung fu" or other
martial arts maneuver by balancing themselves using the overhead handholds (straps) in an
acrobatic manner on board Subway cars to sometimes kick out side windows .
Back then laminated regular safety glass was used on the NYC Subway car fleet. Windows
broken out of cars could be spotted on tracks along outdoor elevated or surface lines and
at times would fall to the street off of el structures above.
The TA responded by using stronger and thicker glass window panes
along with reinforced window frames which would eventually be
installed on the entire Subway car fleet to combat the window kicking vandalism problem.
This current window breaking vandalism problem is costly to the MTA.
Subway cars have to be removed from service to replace broken windows creating a car
shortage that is impacting service frequency in these hard times for NYC Transit and the City.
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS