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Work crew shortages lead to myriad delays along NYC subway lines

The N train is one of several subway lines delayed due to work crew shortages caused by the coronavirus. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Niederkasseler)

With the MTA dealing with a litany of absences related to coronavirus, the authority reported widespread delays on numerous subway lines Tuesday morning.

The MTA announced Monday that 22 of its employees have died, and another 5,430 of its employees have self-quarantined due to the coronavirus. Of those in quarantine, 1,092 of them have tested positive for the illness, according to Business Insider.

In numerous email alerts, the MTA reported the following service changes:

• The N line in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens is experiencing limited Manhattan-bound service out of 86th Street in Brooklyn. Trains were scheduled to depart from 86th Street every 20 to 30 minutes. Brooklyn-bound N trains, meanwhile, were departing the Ditmars Boulevard station in Queens every 20 minutes. Riders were advised to use the R line, which is operating every 15 minutes.

• Q train service has been scaled back to running every 20 to 40 minutes in both directions from 96th Street in Manhattan to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn. Riders were advised to use the R train or the 6 train in Manhattan, which is running every 10 to 20 minutes.

• While R trains are running every 15 minutes in both directions, there was a 25-minute gap in Bay Ridge-bound service due to a lack of available crews.

• Forest Hills-bound M trains are running limited service through Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Trains were scheduled to depart from Metropolitan Avenue every 30 minutes, while Middle Village-bound M trains were departing the Forest Hills-71st Avenue station every 15 minutes. Riders were advised to use either the R line, the F train in Manhattan (which is running every 15 to 20 minutes) or the J line in Brooklyn (which is running every 20 minutes).

• A trains are running every 10 to 15 minutes between Inwood-207th Street in Manhattan and Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway. However, there was a 30-minute gap in Queens-bound service in Brooklyn and Queens due to fewer available crews. Further, A trains are not running to Rockaway Park; riders must transfer to the Rockaway Park Shuttle at the Broad Channel station. A trains are making all local stops in Manhattan and Queens because C train service is suspended.

“We’re running as many trains as we possibly can with the crews we have available,” the MTA noted in the email alerts.

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