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Delays, Service Changes Cause Headaches for Manhattan-Queens Straphangers



    Delays, Service Changes Cause Headaches for Manhattan-Queens Straphangers

    A bevy of issues on several subway lines caused headaches for straphangers trying to take the train between Manhattan and Queens Monday morning.

    Delays and service changes were reported on the No. 7, N and Q lines Monday as transit workers tried to untangle signal problems and fix rail conditions, according to the MTA.

    First, No. 7 trains began running with delays between Queensboro Plaza and the new 34th Street station on Manhattan's west side at about 7:30 a.m. because of signal problems at the Hunters Point Avenue station.

    Service on the line was suspended for about 30 minutes an hour later because of a rail condition at Hunters Point Avenue, the MTA says. Trains began running again, but extensive delays were reported throughought the morning. Express service was also suspended on the line. 

    The MTA said that temporary repairs were made Monday morning and that permenant repairs would be completed overnight.

    Commuters taking the N and Q trains weren't spared from the issues, either. Some Queens-bound trains were terminating at the 57th Street-Seventh Avenue station in Manhattan because of signal problems at Queensboro Plaza. Trains running from Queens to Manhattan were also experiencing delays. Those issues similarly stretched into the afternoon.

    It's not clear if the issues on the issues on the No. 7 line were connected with the N and Q lines. Service on all three lines resumed with residual delays at about 2:30 p.m.

    It's the latest headache for commuters in Queens, who have had to cope with years of intermittent weekend suspensions on the No. 7 line. The MTA has been upgrading the line with new signaling equipment and has been replacing segments of track.  

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