A “mechanical problem” in Queens has halted 7 train service between that borough and Manhattan just in time for the evening rush.
According to Pix11, commuters on the train that encountered the issue reported hearing a loud noise.
Just had an explosion on the Queensbound 7-train at Vernon-Jackson. Smoke coming out of the train and people scrambling for the stairs @MTA— Christopher (@CLandry82) February 16, 2016
From Notify NYC:
“Notification issued 2/16/16 at 4:42 PM. Due to a train with mechanical problems, 7 Train service is suspended between Queensboro Plaza in Queens and 34th St-Hudson Yards in Manhattan. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.”
UPDATE: Local 7 train service has resumed between Manhattan and Queens, but express service is still suspended.