This is a timeline of my spectacularly hellish commute last night. I only wish I had accompanying photos but I was fighting for survival and couldn't capture it digitally.
I had indications it would be bad hours before I even left work, via text alerts that were piling up.
1542 7 trains running with delays
1600 7 trains terminate at Hunters Point
1623 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 trains running with delays
1628 7 trains terminate at Hunters Point
1635 7 trains running with delays
1638 7 trains running with delays
1655 limited 7 train between Times Sq and Queensboro Plz
1705 I told my co-worker that considering all of the previous warnings, I expected the 7 Trains to not be running at all by the time I got to Grand Central.
1800 arrive in GCT, and I am correct - the escalators to 7 train blocked off - this means NO 7 TRAINS. This is where it gets "fun" as I consider my options and make my move...
I can take the 4-5-6 downtown to Union Square and transfer to the L. But considering how ridiculous both of those lines are at rush hour already, and how many MORE people will be using them because of this mess, I decide not to do that.
I decide to take the 6 uptown one stop to 51/Lex, where I will transfer to the E/M, go 1 stop to Court Square and transfer to the G. Easy! Let's do this!
First, I fucked up - I'm used to taking that train downtown so of course I wait on the wrong end of the uptown platform (I'm at the back, I wanted to be in the front). But then it just escalated into hell from there - The car pulls in, and we wait for everyone to exit before boarding. There is only 1 guy in front of me but douchebag is talking ON HIS DAMN CELLPHONE and walking way too slowly into the train. I know the doors are about to close, so I try to go around him but can't get around him. The doors begin to close as I'm entering the train (of course), so I shove him in and say 'fucking asshole!' Of course he doesn't hear me because he's on his god damn cellphone. I take a spot, hold the pole, glaring at him. He's still on the phone, oblivious. He reaches for the same pole, not paying attention, and touches my hand. FUCKING ANIMAL! I jerk my hand away still staring at him. What a disgusting revolting idiot! In that same moment, the doors (which were closed) suddenly open for a second and as they are closing again, a woman sneaks in. But not fast enough. Her bag is caught in the door. My friend sees this and decides to go help her and of course STEPS ON MY FOOT IN THE PROCESS. I shot him a death look. I wanted to beat him. He said something to me in spanish (I have no idea what) but I hate him, I hate him I fucking hate him!!! Finally the 6 Train leaves the station…
1810 Im in 51/Lex. I'm at the wrong end of the platform (because of my fuckup above) so I have to walk the length of that crowded platform to get to my transfer. But by the time I get to where the stairs and escalators are, it is TOTAL CHAOS!!! People everywhere - you can barely move - MTA people with bullhorns giving no information whatsoever. I finally get to the escalator and ride down to the E/M platform. Naturally, no one on the left side of the escalator is walking (assholes) but Im enduring it. 1 more stop and I'm in Queens away from this mess…
We make it down to the platform and it's even worse than it was upstairs!! Seriously the most dangerously crowded platform I've ever seen in my life. A train is pulling in - my train to Queens - but I can't get to it. We can all barely move. And there's an announcement that "NO DOWNTOWN E TRAINS AT THIS STOP" which means everyone that was there for that train is now walking the opposite way through the crowd to get out of the station. My train is still there, in the station, doors open, and just sitting there. It's packed. I know I can't squeeze in for several cars. I'm still slowly maneuvering through the crowded platform. I finally make my way through the crowd to where it's thinner, about 6 cars up and get on the train, which is still sitting there. I just keep thinking that in a few minutes I'll be in Queens and everything will be fine… But we're waiting and waiting and waiting for the doors to close. More people squeezing in. Eventually the doors close and by golly we are moving!!! I can't wait to go my 1 stop and get on the G Train. But when the MTA fucks up, they *really* fuck up. What should have taken 5? minutes to go that 1 stop took 20. TWENTY! To go from 51/Lex to Court Square literally took 20 minutes. It was excruciating. We kept stopping then going slow and stopping again. All the while I knew we were under the East River. I tried desperately not to think of disaster scenarios.
1821 text alert 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 trains running with delays
1823 text alert limited 7 train between Times Sq and Queensboro Plz
1840 OMFG I made it! I'm in Court Square! And there is a waiting G Train! I get a seat in the last car - where I need to be for my stop! Yes! My ordeal is nearly over!
1845 Over the intercom the train conductor tells us "An F train will be pulling into the station and making G Train stops". She tells us this repeatedly. Nothing else. Just that. Sure enough, an F train pulls into Court Square across the platform. Then the doors to *our* train open and one of the MTA subway cleaners on the platform is screaming at us "Get out of the car! Go across the platform! Hurry!" First of all - Don't fucking yell at me woman! I've had enough tonight. And secondly - maybe the conductor should have mentioned that we needed to be offloaded from the G onto the F?! But she never told us that!
1900 I got home. A trip that normally takes me 30 minutes took 1 hour. It wasn't just the extra time it took - that doesn't bother me so much. It was just another example of what a fucking shitshow the MTA is and the absolute chaos and asshole behavior some of the other commuters and the MTA employees.
And when I got home I find this text alert:
1838 7 Train has resumed with residual delays
Of course it has. Of course it has.