Thursday, December 02, 2004

F train derails, starts fire, generally behaves badly

It's not enough that service changes screws up service in Brooklyn every other weekend or that the train is almost always filled to capacity, on Wednesday and Thursday, the F stands for "Fucked... (click here to continue)" (and I suppose the V is "vexing" or "vapid" or something). Why, you ask?

Derailment At Herald Square Disrupts Subway Service (NY1)
At about 4 a.m., a northbound F train jumped the tracks as it approached the 34th Street stop. Fifty-seven passengers were on board the train, but no one was injured.

Wait, why would a train jump the tracks?
transit officials say it appears the train, while traveling slowly through a work zone, derailed on an improperly secured section of track that was in the process if being replaced.

But wait, there's more.
After the derailment, FDNY officials say a smoke condition broke out at numerous subway stations, including the stations at 14th Street and West 4th Street along Sixth Avenue.

Consequently, 6th Ave locals ran express from W 4th to 34th and skpping 14th and 23rd, which is quite an inconvenience for someone who works on 20th at 6th. As of this evening, trains were not back to normal service and F could still be "Frustrating" come Thursday morning rush. We shall see.

Thank goodness the coming fare hike will solve problems like careless track workers and third rail-cum-fire hazards.
And credit goes to my iPod for providing an awesome foursome of tracks - Fishbone "Everyday Sunshine", Guns 'N Roses "Paradise City", Ben Folds "Army" and The Cure "I'll Stop The World And Melt For You" - this morning to sooth the pain, if only a little.

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