Cycle of frustration: L train commuters suffer delays due to bicycle on tracks

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L train straphangers were forced to endure long delays during the Tuesday morning rush after some numskull left a bicycle on the tracks at Broadway Junction.

Manhattan-bound trains were delayed for half an hour after a train’s brakes were activated by a two-wheeler at the station near Jamaica Avenue at around 9:30 a.m., according to Liz Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

One Bushwick commuter heading across the East River was stuck at the nearby Wilson Avenue stop for almost half an hour on a platform packed with surly straphangers.

“I just waited, and waited, and waited,” said Aaron Ghitelman, who works for the real-estate search platform “It was just frustration. Everybody was rolling their eyes. A lot of people just left and bailed.”

The Authority also halted Canarsie-bound L trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff and Broadway Junction stations during the snafu.

Workers cleared the tracks by 10 a.m. and restored service back to normal, according to Gutierrez.

The service interruption is the second on the line this week that Ghitelman encountered, and follows Monday morning delays caused by a suspected track fire in Williamsburg, which it turned out originated from a nearby manhole cover, a spokeswoman for the agency previously said.

Trains were delayed between Bedford Avenue and Manhattan around 9 a.m. that day and the Bushwick straphanger transferred to the more reliable M train instead, but said that the announcements about the L train’s closure were unclear and like something out of a skit on Saturday Night Live.

“It was the worst announcement I’ve ever heard. It was one of those SNL moments, it was just so f------ vague. It sounded like they were saying, ‘this train isn’t quite running to Manhattan,’” he said. “I want just one day with an easy commute this week, that’s all I’m asking.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 12:56 pm, September 10, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
I wish there will be a ban on bikes in the NYCT subway system, just like on the PATH and other subway systems Nationwide. Bikes are meant for cyclists to go everywhere without a single dime paid, not to clog up space. And Don't give me the going on a long journey or going to the other Borough routine.
Sept. 10, 2019, 1:04 pm
Jay from Brooklyn says:
its about time to get rid of the bikers...
Sept. 10, 2019, 3:16 pm
Local from Here says:
It's about time to get rid of Jay from Brooklyn. We don't need more illiterate people in the world.
Sept. 10, 2019, 3:52 pm
Kim from Greenpoint says:
agree with Jay 100 percent.
Sept. 10, 2019, 4:02 pm
Psycholist from DUMBO says:
First we steal space from the roads, then the subway track, then the sidewalks. We won't rest until everyone is inconvenienced by cyclist. mwahahahaha! mwahahahaha! mwahahahaha!
Sept. 10, 2019, 5:07 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Bananadale says:
DeBlasio, from Iowa City, sprang into action and announced that he would immediately construct bike lanes on the subway TRACKS.
Sept. 11, 2019, 5:59 am
Joe from Greenpoint says:
Bicycle in NYC = supreme idiot. Its all about them. These people are so stupid they can't see the bigger picture. Narcissistic jerk offs. Run them over is OK with me.
Sept. 11, 2019, 12:45 pm

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