Wednesday, March 20, 2019

More heavy metal debris is falling from elevated tracks, this time in Sunnyside and Richmond Hill


 In what’s become an alarmingly commonplace occurrence of late, a small piece of rusty metal plunged from the elevated 7 train track and crashed into a car in Queens on Friday.

Officials say the hunk of metal dropped onto the trunk of a car on Queens Boulevard and Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside, causing a dent.
The man whose car it hit was surprised to see how much damage the metal inflicted. The incident comes after two separate incidents in the past month where debris fell from the 7 train tracks in Woodside.
No one was hurt, but cars were damaged every time debris fell.
“This is outrageous! More rusty metal debris falling from the 7 train, this time in LIC. Look at that dent— a person would have died!” Tweeted Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “I sent a letter to [the MTA] last week demanding an expeditious inspection of the 7 train structure. What is the hold up?!”


MTA workers were seen inspecting a section of tracks Monday afternoon as they looked into whether metal that apparently crashed into a car's roof in Queens was debris from elevated subway tracks.

The alleged incident occurred Monday when a woman behind the wheel heard a thump, pulled over, got out, looked up and apparently found damage on the roof of her car.

The woman believes it was a piece of metal that fell from the elevated tracks along Liberty Avenue and 115th in Richmond Hill.

She says the debris rained down as a train passed above.

However, the MTA says it looked into Monday’s incident but did not find “anything abnormal at the scene.”

In a statement, the MTA said: “We obviously take any report like this seriously and sent a team to investigate. We didn’t find anything abnormal at the scene – there was no debris on the ground, the track was inspected from both sides and all components were found to be secure. Our systemwide inspection of all elevated track structures continues.”

Falling debris from elevated tracks has damaged at least three cars in the last month, including a car impaled by a wooden beam. MTA president Andy Byford said the agency is looking to other cities, including Chicago, for help on maintenance tips for elevated tracks.

"We are reaching out to sister agencies — a classic, obvious example being Chicago because they operate a lot of overhead structures — to see if there is anything that they do additional to what we do," Byford said.

Wait, our transit system needs to be advised from other city's transit authorities to basically clean up after themselves? Too bad Felix Unger is a fictional character and deceased, because he would have been an excellent consultant for the MTA.


Anonymous said...

If it's not apparent to everyone, the effective life of this structure is ending-- evidently this month. Stuff is built with a presumed lifetime-- maybe it was only intended as 50 or 60 years-- but in this case it has lasted 90 or 100, right? It's done and needs a complete rebuild-- like the "L"train tunnel. And the Penn Station tunnels to NJ and Queens. Good luck all.

Anonymous said...


TommyR said...

A train probably needs to plunge, cartoonishly, over a particularly weak/rickety section of the tracks onto Roosevelt or the boulevard, before something really will be done. This is New "it's not falling down yet, and couldn't we spend it on Mental 'healthcare' instead" York City, after all.

Anonymous said...

They are rehabbing the Astoria BMT line (N/W) and you don't see this happening there on a similar aged elevated subway structure. They will have to do the same thing with the 7 in order to not have it collapse. The 7/ IRT Flushing line also runs more trains and takes more of a beating. It is also longer and with the exception of Long Island City & Sunnyside, these are not 'trendy' neighborhoods so the motivation is not as much there

JQ LLC said...

Last anon.

That's why it ain't gonna take 9 months. Re: my Lefferts posts.

panzer65 said...

its apparent now that our transit infrastructure which averages 100 years of age is in need of a major overhaul. The overhead lines are being pushed to the limit and not enough maintenance of the structural steel and tracks are being performed. Just look at the columns on all of them and they are rusted and worn, not to mention being held together by rivets. Soon they will have to be shut down for safety reasons. A major rehab or replacement will soon be due.