A Q subway derailed in Brooklyn during the Friday morning rush — marking the second derailment in a month’s time span.
The subway ran off the track north of the Brighton Beach subway station, causing delays and disruptions on the Q and B lines.
It’s still unclear what exactly caused the derailment. An Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesperson told am New York that wheels on the second car of the southbound Q train came off the rail just before 9 am. No injuries have been reported.
The Q is the second subway to derail this summer as a string of fiascos put Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state-operated MTA under the spotlight.
A southbound A train derailed and smashed into a wall on June 27, causing disruptions on A, B, C, D, E, F, and M lines.
The derailments occur during the “summer of hell” as the MTA makes emergency track repairs to fix the ageing subway system, Long Island Rail Road, and NJ Transit.
The subway track repairs, which began along the 8th Avenue corridor in May, are part of a five-year $US29.5 billion funding plan. Of the roughly $US30 billion in funding, $US14 billion will go toward improving the subway system.
Cuomo has taken heat from New York City commuters who feel he has neglected existing transit options while setting aside funding for massive infrastructure projects, like a train connecting LaGuardia Airport to the subway and the LIRR.
The MTA reports that delays have more than doubled over the last five years.
On Monday, a track fire at the 145th Street subway station caused major delays along the A, B, C, and D lines on Monday morning. Platforms and alternate subway lines were crammed with stranded commuters.
Earlier in June, a video of passengers trying to claw their way out of an F train went viral on social media. Passengers were stuck in a subway car without air conditioning for over an hour.
In addition to the multi-billion funding plan, Cuomo has said he will give $US1 million “Genius” grants to the three people with the best solutions for the subway system’s problems, some of which, like an ageing signal system, are directly connected to delays.
If you thought the delays were bad. No B or Q trains from Brighton Beach. They gave us free bus tickets though???? @MTA @NYGovCuomo @Gothamist pic.twitter.com/hTrXsOpH8H
— Stacy Yurishcheva (@stacyfromrussia) July 21, 2017