The MTA is taking a tough stand on the Green Goblin attack

New York ‘Green Goblin’ subway assault: Fourth suspect charged with murder

By Katherine J. Catanzaro and Lisa Mascaro

In New York, as in other major cities and cities of the nation’s capitol, the MTA is trying to balance the demands of the daily commuting public with the financial needs of its troubled system. To this end, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is taking a tough stand on the “Green Goblin” attack of September 20, as outlined below.

The attack involved three transit workers, two on the Red Line, one on the BMT Broadway Line, and one on the Q line. The three men allegedly entered the Red Line maintenance yard on the Second Avenue line, where they fatally murdered six people while wounding seven. One of the attackers allegedly left through a security gate.

Five hours after the attack, the MTA Board of Directors requested that the chief engineer and vice president be fired. They were replaced with a former NYPD deputy assistant chief. The MTA then suspended further service on the First and Second lines. One day later, the Green Goblin attack was still evolving, and the two arrested attackers were facing additional charges. Their motive in the attack was not known. The Red Line was restored, but the MTA reported that subway service was “unavailable” on the Second Avenue line.

The MTA Board of Directors voted to hold the two arrested attackers in lieu of $4.5 million in compensation from the MTA in an attempt to defuse the crisis. Further investigation is needed. The MTA will have to determine when service will return and whether or not unbelievably dangerous conditions could be restored.

The attacks and arrests occurred after the MTA hired a contractor to replace the Third Avenue subway station with a new station at 7th Avenue and West Broadway, which was to be opened in stages. If the redevelopment project proceeds, the work will extend beyond the Green Goblin attack, causing another round of disruption in the New York

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