This morning's rush hour subway commute has been somewhat hobbled from a variety pack of earlier incidents, starting with an FDNY investigation at the 81st Street - Museum of Natural History station around 5 a.m.

An FDNY spokesperson was unable to provide any details about the incident, but an MTA spokesperson said there was a track fire south of the 81st Street station, and the cause remains under investigation. The fire caused a ripple effect just as the morning commute got underway.

As the morning continued, A and F service was delayed and rerouted in places following an earlier incident (train with mechanical problems) at 2nd Avenue. (Manhattan-bound F trains were rerouted over the A line between Jay Street in Brooklyn and West 4th Street.) There were also problems on the E and F lines in Queens due to an incident at the Forest Hills-71 Av station. And around 8:30 a.m., the creeping malaise of earlier incidents spread to the 2 and 5 lines, causing delays in both directions.

How was your commute, friends?

On a positive note, one day death will liberate us all from the endless cycle of earlier incidents.

In the meantime, you might consider telling 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.