It's Monday, and it is wet, which means a not insignificant chunk of the subway system is having a meltdown. This morning's luckless straphangers included those traveling into Manhattan on the A, C, E trains between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well as anyone going west on the J/M line during that time, and also some folks naive enough to think they might ride an F or G train through the chaos. In this economy!?

According to the MTA, the cause of dysfunction was a switch problem in the vicinity of Canal Street, which led to commuters being stuck underground for upwards of 40 minutes. Some then found themselves dumped into dangerously overcrowded stations, while others say their trains magically transformed into a different, also dysfunctional train.

Unlike this weekend's bout of MTA-induced suffering, those who survived the crunch did not even get to gaze upon a blooming cherry blossom as reward for their perseverance. Instead, they probably walked into a dreary office building, nearly an hour late and possibly $20 poorer than they were when they left this morning.

By noon, the switch problem had been corrected, the agency said, though there continued to be residual delays on the A, C, E, B, D, F, M, G and R trains. On the bright side, springtime is bringing all sorts of natural beauty to the system: