UPDATE: The W line resumed limited subway service between Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard and Whitehall Street-South Ferry on Wednesday evening, MTA officials said. Find more details here.
NEW YORK (PIX11) — The MTA suspended service on the W line Wednesday due to vandalism on dozens of trains, officials said.
A total of 78 windows were shattered Tuesday night, leaving 36 subway trains impacted, according to the agency. The vandalism occurred mostly on the yellow and orange lines, including the N, Q, W, B, D, and F trains, police officials said.
“We don’t have enough trains to run that have windows,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey.
It appears that the smashing happened from inside the train cars, officials said. The damage occurred on many of the older trains, and MTA crews had to take windows from other cars in the train yard to make necessary repairs.
The scale of the vandalism forced the MTA to suspend service on the W line and caused significant delays on the B, D, N, Q, and R lines. Service on the W line was still suspended, as of 4:40 p.m.
MTA crews were still repairing 11 trains as of Wednesday morning. The NYPD is investigating.
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