Commuters who rely on the 1/2/3 line got a full dose of extra strength Monday Burn Juice™ this morning due to signal problems at Chambers Street. Some hapless souls report being stuck on trains for over an hour in Manhattan, and the MTA confirms there is "train congestion along the 1/2/3 lines because of signal problems between 14 St and Chambers St. Our crews are on the tracks investigating at this time."

Gothamist editor Ben Yakas was one of the victims, and didn't surface at our SoHo office until 10:20 a.m. Yakas, who measures time in terms of HBO content, reports that it took him an "extra long episode of Game of Thrones" to get downtown from Morningside Heights. He alerted us to his predicament while stuck underground—our infrastructure may be crumbling, but hey, free WiFi!

"I live on this train now, please fwd all mail, cc: conductor jim, our one true ruler," a desperate Yakas wrote via Slack at 10 a.m. "Conductor jim takes care of us. He promises glory in the future."

Another trapped soul and friend of Gothamist, David Jacobs, reported an hour and forty-five minutes spent languishing on the 1/2/3 line, from 157th Street to where he finally gave up somewhere downtown and wandered into the Hudson River. And 2 train survivor Max Markham provided this detailed account of his underground adventure, exclusively to Gothamist:

-caught the 2 train at 135th street in harlem around 9:05am
-smooth sailing until 72nd street
-crawling until 34th at around 9:45am
-Stuck in the tunnel with little reception. a couple of moms called their kids’ schools, one lady took out her laptop and seemingly hopped on a conference call until she lost service
-arrived at 14th street around 10:15am, 30 mins after we left 34th street (one stop)
-train didn’t hold at 14th street station at all, instead closed doors, moved forward approx 50 feet and then stopped in the middle of the tunnel.
-Crawling a couple of feet forward every few mins
-local trains are passing us by, there was no suggestion by conductor that anyone switch to local tho
-only info we got over intercom was “we are experiencing delays due to signal malfunction at Chambers street”
-arrived at Chambers at 10:28am
-I got off at Park Place at 10:30am
-90 minute commute, usually takes approx 30

Oh, and in addition to the signal problems, there were door problems!

The MTA also reported signal problems at the Forest Hills-71 Av station in Queens, causing morning delays on the E and F lines.


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.