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The MTA Outdid Itself Once Again This Morning

Dashed Arrow John Del Signore/Gothamist

It's Tuesday morning in New York City, one of the most modern urban metropolises on earth, though you wouldn't know it from our busted old raggedly syphilitic mass transit system. Once again this morning subway service on multiple lines ground to a halt as the system suffered delays due to our old friend "signal problems."

The uptown B, D, F and M lines started seeing delays just before the big rush, around 6:30 a.m., with the B and D completely shutting down before being rerouted. There was allegedly a brief reprieve before signal problems struck again around 8 a.m. At this point the MTA was warning there would be "extensive delays," and announcements listing off the troubled lines lasted minutes in subway stations.

According to NBC New York, some "frustrated customers had to transfer to trains only to be told they had to transfer yet again." The news station added that around 8:15 a.m. even more signal problems were reported, with the B line suspending service in some areas, and "northbound D and F trains rerouted on the C and E lines."

Here's how that breaks down for the humans depending on those trains: Gothamist's John Del Signore started out on the M, which turned into a J at Delancey, where everyone went over to the F, which was "mad crowded and just sitting there." Riders on the F were warned it would be turning into an A. In a futile search for sympathy, Del Signore started transmitting his commuting woes to the home office around 7:50 a.m. At some point he gave up on the stalled F train at Delancey and went in search of an R train. As of 9:10 a.m. he has still not made it into the office. Godspeed, man.

To recap, these trains were fucked this morning: 4, 5, 6, A, C, E, B, D, F, M, and L. And it appears the 2 had troubles, as well.

But at least the WiFi service is pretty good down there, which means you can tweet your frustrations at the MTA and eventually we'll get reduced fares, right?

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 subway system.

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