DEVELOPING: limited subway service may resume tomorrow
While not great news, the good news is that the MTA has begun testing the system and hopes to have some, but not all, service restored by tomorrow. As I previously speculated, I believe much of this will include service between queens and manhattan. Some LIRR service is due to resume today. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: there will not be any subway service south of 42nd street until further notice because of power problems.
MTA Spokesperson has confirmed that water - amounts unknown - has gotten into the tunnels under the east river which carry the 2,3,4,5,7,A,C, and the tunnels that carry the F and R between Manhattan and Brooklyn
Specifically omitted from the report are the tunnels that carry the E,L,M,N,Q and the F and R between Queens and Manhattan.
While not GREAT news, this isn’t apocalyptic - yet - and between the Manhattan Bridge and the operable tunnels New Yorkers might just be able to get to work sooner rather than later - albeit with inevitable detours, delays and crowding.
The Franklin Ave Shuttle pops up first, and yes, the line was opened in 1899 as a trolley line but didn’t become “Subway” proper until converted to third rail electrification sometime in the 1910’s.
But one could assume they’re just talking about how old the right of way is, that is to say how long there were tracks there, but in that case, that first section of the BMT Jamaica line (J/Z service today) (oldest structure still in use, dating to 1885) shoudn’t pop up until after the BMT West end line (D service in brooklyn today) which opened up in 1865 as a steam railroad called the “Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island”.
Also if we’re playing that game, the Rockaway line (A service today) was built by the LIRR originally in 1892, bought by the city in 1950, and converted to subway service. This map has it show up almost last.
"Worldtrade one seven three three, accept lineup for D2.. EMS activity on D4 near Continental, all traffic on D2 from Roosevelt, stacked back to Ely"
If you ever hear that over a radio in a train, get out and take a bus.
Stuck under the ground for 60 minutes or so yesterday on the queens blvd line, in the front of the train, I heard this (to the best I heard and can remember) come over the radio from the cab. I let out an audible expletive, as those near me wondered why.
It’s simple, really.
D4 is the Queens Blvd express track, which carries the E and the F toward Jamaica. It’s one of the busiest tracks in the system.
D2 is the local track that carries the M and the R. It’s also pretty heavily trafficked.
"Worldtrade" means it’s an E train that the dispatcher is calling on the radio. It’s being told to lineup for the local track.
That means all the E, F, M and R trains stuffed down the neck of the queens boulevard line were being diverted to one piddly local track out past Roosevelt Ave, and the delays stacked back 8 stations.