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Extensive Delays After B, M Trains Shut Down in Manhattan Due to Signal Problems in Midtown: MTA

Signal problems created an epic commute nightmare for subway riders traveling through Manhattan at the height of Monday's morning rush, with two lines totally suspended in the borough and delays reported on half a dozen others, according to the MTA.

Service resumed with "extensive delays" on the A, B, C, D, E, F, G and M lines at about 9:30 a.m.

An MTA spokeswoman sent a short statement later Monday afternoon, saying, "We apologize for this morning's delays and we returned to normal service. Crews repaired a circuit breaker and signal issue." 

The problems had shut down B and M train service in Manhattan in both directions. The agency had initially said signal problems at Rockefeller Center and an investigation at Broadway-Lafayette were to blame, but clarified the issue shortly before 9 a.m. as being specific to signal issues -- either at Bryant Park or Rockefeller Center.

Nearly the entire morning rush hour was affected. Just after 8:15 a.m. at Herald Square, a conductor aboard one train told passengers, "We have major signal problems up ahead on both tracks. We're going to be here awhile."

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