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Terrible delays on Queens Blvd today + Recent lack of holding lights at 36th/4th

Posted by BrooklynTrain on Sun Jun 10 19:34:55 2018

Last weekend wasn't so bad on Queens Blvd - eastbound trains didn't slow down to "conga line" mode until Woodhaven Blvd. Westbound trains went local but moved at normal pace. This weekend was a disaster - took approx 40 minutes from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills (15 min via local to Roosevelt, then 25 min via express to Forest Hills). Returning it took 25 minutes via local from Forest Hills to Roosevelt, and by then I had had enough and bailed via the #7 train.

The MTA must do several things: List delays of "20 to 30 minutes" along Queens Blvd in the service advisories. It was so bad that most people would have been better off taking the 7 or J trains (followed by a bus) than dealing with the E/F/R. Cross-honoring via LIRR would be really nice as well on weekends with severe delays. What was the huge difference between last weekend and this weekend?

36th/4th southbound is rarely holding the R train over the past week for an arriving N or D, even though the next R train is often 20-25 minutes away. On Thursday at approx 10:15pm, the D just missed the R connection and we had to wait approx 20 minutes for the next one. Last night at approx 11:15pm, the crowded N just missed the R connection by a matter of seconds (this was especially cruel since all N passengers could have taken the R to the shuttle bus at 59th ST). And today at approx 4:50pm, the D just made the R by a matter of seconds; had that D been delayed by 10 seconds, the next R was 25 minutes behind (and no holding lights were given).

Is there a new person controlling the holding lights at 36th/4th? It sounds like the person is "asleep at the wheel".

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