7 Train Commuters Stranded in Tunnel Under the East River for Over an Hour


Our condolences if you were planning on traveling between Queens and Manhattan this morning. The typically efficient 7 train (rated the best subway line in the whole city by the Straphangers Campaign earlier this year) was suspended for more than three hours.

It’s either particularly unfortunate timing, what with Grand Central Station being the 7’s first stop in Manhattan and this being one of the busiest travel days of the year…or an excellent excuse (on top of the National Weather Service’s ominous travel advisories) to avoid spending time with your family (or someone else’s).

This (almost) holiday, give thanks for the fact that you weren’t one of the poor souls who were on the train before 7 a.m. this morning when it was stuck in a tunnel between Manhattan and Queens for over an hour. (Those riders were eventually ferried back to Grand Central, the station the Queens-bound train left before it became stuck.)

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz says, “At about 6:50 a.m. we had a train with mechanical problems that became disabled in the Steinway Tube,” the tunnel connecting Manhattan and Queens. “At 8:15 a rescue train brought customers to Grand Central Station.”

Service between Grand Central and Queensboro Plaza resumed at 10:10 a.m.