[UPDATE BELOW] The L train's been spared the brunt of MTA woes of late, but today straphangers were treated to extensive delays, thanks to a train with mechanical problems. The situation seems rather unpleasant:
— Matt Josephson (@m2j) September 11, 2017
According to the MTA's website, the fun began around 7 a.m., when a train stalled at the Montrose stop. That snafu halted service between Eighth Avenue and Myrtle Avenue, and though service started back up again shortly before 8 a.m., the residual delays were brutal:
— Carli Rhoades (@carli_queue) September 11, 2017
— Zach Krall (@zachkrall) September 11, 2017
So the L train is fun this morning. I JUST now got off at 8 Ave almost 50 mins!! Whaaaat??
— Meg Urbani (@MegUrbani) September 11, 2017
L train. Dekalb Ave. 8:15 am. Robot announcer just said "Ladies & gentlemen, the next L train...." then never completed the sentence. pic.twitter.com/VDS13t5SKq
— Alexander Abnos (@AnAbnos) September 11, 2017
After 45 minutes of waiting, now within inches of the L train door. Thanks @NYCTSubway!
— Jay Antenen (@jantenen) September 11, 2017
"L train service has resumed with *extensive* delays" pic.twitter.com/wHtyoLr95O
— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) September 11, 2017
Note that the M train will not save you.
— Ali Van Putten (@aveepea) September 11, 2017
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.
Update 10:41 a.m.: A tipster tells us of a harrowing scene at the Bedford Av stop this morning:
The delays resulted in an extremely dangerous situation on the platform. As train after train passed and people could not board, the platform began to reach capacity and people were being shoved to the edges of the platform. Many people were dangerously close to falling into the tracks. Some of the people around me began to panic as they were being pushed forward.
When I finally boarded, the crush was so severe that a woman fainted. A group of passengers attempted to resuscitate her with water and she was carried off the train at the 1st Ave stop.
As of now, the L train appears to have good service, though there are currently delays on the Q.