OM–G! Brooklyn Local derails Downtown

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They were going off the rails on a crazed G train!

A Kensington-bound G train derailed Downtown on Thursday night, injuring at least two straphangers and stranding dozens, according to transit and fire authorities.

The train skidded to a halt at around 10:37 pm, after its front two wheels came off the tracks shortly after passing the Hoyt-Schermerhorn stop, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman said.

The approximately 80 passengers on board were stuck inside for about half-an-hour until fire department rescuers came to bust them out of the languishing locomotive, and the passengers then had to walk around 700 feet — the length of two football fields — through the tunnel back to the platform, fire officials said.

Emergency responders took two commuters to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, according to the fire department.

The transit agency still hasn’t worked out what caused the disaster, the spokeswoman said.

In the wake of the calamity, there will be no G train service all weekend between Fulton Street and Church Street stations, and only limited service between the Court Street and Bedford-Nostrand Avenues stops, the agency said.

Reach reporter Harry MacCormack at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @HMacBKPaper.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ian from Williamsburg says:
Functioning transit is not a priority for De Blasio. City badly needs infrastructure investment, but he'd rather plow budgets into his singular focus in subsidized housing.
Sept. 11, 2015, 9:12 pm
b from gp says:
Am pretty sure there's suppose to be intermediate lighted emergency escape hatches throughout the MTA tunnel system, so one doesn't have to go the distance of two touchdowns to see the light of day again.
Sept. 12, 2015, 7:36 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
My train stopped between 9th Street and Prospect Avenue during the 1977 blackout. We had to jump down to the track bed and walk back to 9th Street. If there are such hatches maybe they would only be used if there was danger, such as a fire.
Sept. 12, 2015, 8:14 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Southside, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
The private sector, the Feds and the state did their part (even though we do not know where does the money came from), in terms of giving funds to the 2015-2019 MTA Capital Plan, the city needs to pay its fair share. BTW, the overall public transportation record of Mayor Bill de Blasio is not that great (by focusing more on Citibike, Select Bus Service and the proposed citywide ferry system, which only benefitted hundreds of thousands, rather than using the overall funds for the aging, crumbling infrastructure, especially for the New York City Subway). Stop this political football and get NYC back on their own feet. Otherwise, the economic consequences will be severe for NYC in the long run.
Sept. 12, 2015, 8:54 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Emergency hatches (when they exist) are usually accessed by ladders -- not something you want to use unless it's absolutely necessary (fire, smoke, etc.) Walking an 1/8 of a mile is easy.

Pedro -- I'm in no way defending de Blasio's record (and his weakness with safer streets), but focusing on Select Bus service is important. We need more of these routes. More focus on designated (and enforced) transit lanes with pre-boarding or on-board unattended payment... like most other modern cities.

Now, related to State control of city transit... well...
Sept. 13, 2015, 9:55 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Southside, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
Honestly Jimmy, I am very skeptical with Select Bus Service because of the following: 1) There is a lack of positive communication between the NYC DOT and the general public; 2) The overall implementation of some of these SBS routes, especially in every single outer borough except the Bronx had benefitted one group (the bus riders) while negativity affecting the other (the drivers and the delivery men); and 3) All of the SBS are not true BRT (or Bus Rapid Transit), which is that even though they have bus lanes, traffic signal priority and a proof-of-payment system, all of the bus lanes allowed right turns for vehicles (thus each bus do not have a dedicated bus lane), there is a lack of fare enforcement & bus lane enforcement and they do not have rail-like stations. As of a result, in except the three SBS routes in the routes (the S79, the Bx12 and the Bx41), almost every single SBS route were suffering significant ridership decreases because: 1) Lack of reliability (such as bus bunching); and 2) Lack of improving speed (especially during rush hours). BTW, most of the MTA Capital Improvements are in Manhattan, where most of the funding are sometimes mismanaged in the amount of billions of dollars, leaving the outer boroughs had to rely on SBS.
Sept. 13, 2015, 10:17 am

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