Since 2/3 express trains were running with delays of at least 10-15 minutes around 9:30 this morning, a scrum of people attempted to jam themselves onto the 1 train all at the same time at 96th Street, cramming in beyond capacity. I found myself situated between two women, one of whom apparently punched the other as she pushed her way on board. I learned this because the victim yelled at her that "we live in a society" and "everyone is uncomfortable, deal with it" and "you assaulted me, how would you like it if I assaulted you?" while the other woman rolled her eyes and goaded her on. I spent the next several stops in fear that the tension would boil over and I'd end up collateral damage in a viral subway fight.
In other words, I had it pretty damn good compared to everyone else's commute today. Happy Monday!
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) December 10, 2018
This morning’s craptastic commute brought to you exclusively by the @MTA ...
— Alison - NYC Recessionista (@NYRecessionista) December 10, 2018
@NYCTSubway @mta #mta @gothamist why aren't you reporting delays on the J? Been sitting on the Williamsburg Bridge for 10 min, this is what we would call a delay in service. Is this how you report delay numbers now, by not reporting them/what your riders are telling you?
— James Foley (@raoulism) December 10, 2018
According to the MTA, there were multiple delays on the J and M lines because a train with mechanical problems had to be removed from service. Also, the E, F, M, and R trains were running with extensive delays after someone was in need of medical assistance at Lexington Av-53 St. station (or perhaps there were multiple sick passengers?). And also, the 2/3 trains which caused me to get stuck inside the Terrordome Train were delayed because of a stalled train that was later removed.
My colleague Jake Offenhartz was one of those commuters whose work week started out on a bum note due to delays: "After idling for about 10 minutes in between stations, the conductor emptied our packed M train at Hewes Street, citing a 'medical situation' up ahead," Offenhartz said in a statement. "A more cynical rider might curse the Monday morning inconvenience, wondering how such a narrow platform could possibly be expected to hold hundreds of thousands of displaced riders in just a few months, or why 'major incidents' have continued to climb despite assurances that the system has stabilized. Not me though. I used my unexpected evacuation to take in the cool Monday morning air, while meditating on the challenges and opportunities in the week ahead. Thanks MTA -- you’ve broken me!!"
LOL @NYCTSubway: I gave myself 90 minutes—NINETY—to go 3 stops for a doctors appointment and I’m still gonna be late because we’re stuck at Court Square on the Manhattan bound E! 😡 😤 90 minutes. 90 freakin’ minutes. @JimmyVanBramer @MTA @SenGianaris @JamieStelter
— jeremy rosenberg 🏳️🌈🦄 (@JeremyR1992) December 10, 2018
— Jonathan Lung (@jonlung) December 10, 2018
— Mordy (@MordyNY) December 10, 2018
They’re not running at all. pic.twitter.com/LlowOBOmX4
— Aasha Collins (@aashacollinsxo) December 10, 2018
This is the MTA equivalent of "sorry, I'm sorry, I'm trying to remove it:"
We're sorry for the extensive delays this morning, Kristen. There were a number of earlier incidents that have resulted in residual delays. ^EH
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) December 10, 2018
The MTA advises that everything will work out eventually, because time only flows in one direction, and you can only have so many delays before you cease to exist. I particularly identify with this man's face:
— David J Topel (@topeldj) December 10, 2018
Did your commute this morning make you want to rip your skin off? This guy gets it:
Shout-out to the man next to me on the M train who is pulling off the skin on his hands. Should I see if he’s single?
— Amanda Sales (@Scamandalous) December 10, 2018