If you were stuck on the A train this morning listening to the train operator talk about “train traffic ahead of us” for 20 minutes, or you were on an L train that terminated at Bedford Avenue, you probably already know that the MTA is experiencing delays on quite a few lines today.
The A trains are supposedly now running on a regular schedule. The reason for the hold-up was the same infinity mirror defense that the MTA gives for most routine delays these days: the trains are delayed because they’re overcrowded and the trains are overcrowded because they’re delayed.
Even though the A is now operating regularly, the L is not so lucky. Due to a "rail condition" at Bedford, L trains are running with significant delays in both directions. Hopefully, the upcoming nine weeks of nightmare L train rail work will put an end to such dreaded “rail conditions.”
Oh, and we forgot to mention, Brooklyn-bound 6 trains are running local from Parkchester to 3 Av-138 St.
If you’ve noticed an uptick in train delays over the last few weeks, you’re not alone. The Riders Alliance, a non-profit that represents the interests of NYC commuters, is gathering recent horror stories from the last few weeks. MTA capital funding is currently up for debate in Albany, and the group plans to present first-hand accounts to lawmakers to encourage them to provide the additional funding. And after the last couple months, it will probably feel pretty good to just vent a little.