A train with mechanical problems and a simultaneous signal failure led to an extra heaping of commuter chaos all along the Queens Boulevard corridor this morning, leaving many with no option but to take the Long Island Railroad, which quickly succumbed to "dangerous overcrowding."

According to the New York City Transit Twitter account, the trouble started around 9 a.m. when an E train with mechanical problems encountered a busted switch at Roosevelt Avenue. The existence of two simultaneous issues was apparently too much for our ailing transit system, bringing subway service along the Manhattan-bound E, F, M and R lines to a standstill. An untold number of passengers were held underground for an extended period of time, and some riders say there was no clear explanation of what was going on.

"It basically took me an hour to go two stops before I bailed," said Richard Anderson, who got on an F train at Briarwood at 9:00 a.m. this morning, but ultimately abandoned his journey for a ride-hailing service. "What drove me nuts were the conflicting reports of the cause: conductor on my train blamed a rail conditon, @NYCTsubway said a train with mechanical problems, and I also heard 'switch problems thrown around too."

"There was nothing—and I truly mean, NOTHING—going into Manhattan," said aspiring commuter Alex S.

As a temporary relief, the MTA announced that the LIRR would be accommodating riders at Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and 34 St-Penn Station with no additional charges. This solution came with its own set of problems.

"I get to the platform and I have NEVER seen it this crowded. It was dangerously overcrowded with people calling their bosses and giving the same 'Subway is fucked, i'm so sorry but I'll be late,'" Alex added.

Once the commuter train did arrive, things managed to get worse: "The LIRR was so ridiculously crowded that as we were pulling into Penn Station, a woman passed out on my train, delaying our departure from the train for a minute as everyone yelled for doctor or a nurse," according to Alex.

The FDNY does not currently have any information about any injuries suffered at Penn Station.

On Wednesday, the MTA unveiled an extensive 10-year plan to overhaul the beleaguered subway system, with a focus on signal upgrades, one of the leading causes of meltdowns like this morning's. A spokesperson for Governor Cuomo—who controls the subway system, but claims that it's Mayor de Blasio's problem—says that the governor has not yet read the plan.

If you found this commute frustrating, tell your state representatives and Governor Cuomo to stop robbing the MTA of badly needed funding and figure out a way to come up with more cash for a 21st Century transit system.