Jan. 6, 2020 By Allie Griffin
The 7 train was once again running with delays Monday morning, creating a hellish commute for Queens residents beginning their work week.
The delays were caused by a signal problem near Grand Central-42nd St and halted express service around 7 a.m., according to the NYC Subways twitter account.
The transit authority reduced service to alleviate congestion. The MTA website said service along the line between Queens and Manhattan was “extremely limited.”
“Expect longer waits for trains and crowded platforms,” the tweet read.
About 20 minutes later, NYC Transit recommended commuters to avoid the 7 train altogether.
The agency strongly urged customers to take nearby subway lines, including the E, F, M and R, or the LIRR. However, the F and M trains were re-routed due to a switch problem at 36th Street and all four lines were experiencing delays as a result.
“Does the 7 train ever run smoothly? Like at all?” one Twitter user tweeted.
Another twitter user from Queens said the 7 train cars were so packed, it looked comical.
“The 7 Train seriously looked like a clown car this morning,” she tweeted. “Unreal how many people poured out and it was still crowded.”
A third commuter noted that work was being done along the line all weekend and yet come Monday morning rush hour, issues still arose.
“Only the 7 train could have work done on it all weekend to then only not work come Monday,” the commuter tweeted.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m., the transit agency said limited 7 train service is resuming between Queens and Manhattan, but said delays will likely continue as it works to make repairs.
Later in the evening, the MTA said the cause of the delays was human error. A worker had re-installed a transponder in the wrong location along the tracks before the morning rush hour.
Last month, 7 train service in Queens was delayed during a Wednesday morning commute because a dusting of snow interrupted the line’s expensive new signaling system on the raised tracks.
This is the scene at Roosevelt Avenue – AFTER I hoofed it here from 82nd Street because the #7Train isn’t running. Great way to start 2020 @MTA Help @jessicaramos @CatalinaCruzNY pic.twitter.com/Iod7fhgfq9
— Susan Latham (@SusanLatham9) January 6, 2020