2007_02_copperwire.jpgNot even a month old and many of the MTA's real-time information boards aren't working because of thievery!

Apparently the boards which indicate when trains are arriving along the L line use copper wiring, which is thieves just love. The contractor says that copper wiring is being stolen, and the Transit Authority says that's one reason why the real-time board installation has been delayed. Hmm, is there any way to build this kind of technology without copper wires? Anyway fun fact: The official name of the real-time info system is the "Public Address/Customer Information Screen" project.

Last year, the Greenpoint Warehouse Terminal was burned down, allegedly by thieves burning insulation off copper. And in other news along the L, a 20-year-old East Village resident, Gerlin Collando, was fatally stabbed around 3AM on the northbound Livonia Avenue platform. Five suspects who tried to leave on a departing train were arrested.