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Extended Subway Delays In New York After Passengers Were Stuck For More Than Two Hours

Freezing rain and snow have caused transit chaos.

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Cold weather has wreaked havoc on New York's subway system, with mass delays on multiple train lines on Monday evening, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced.

Due to winter weather, tonight’s express service may run local as subway cars will be stored underground. Updates at http://t.co/ZnQVh4DUOO

NYCT Subway Service@NYCTSubwayFollow

Due to winter weather, tonight’s express service may run local as subway cars will be stored underground. Updates at http://t.co/ZnQVh4DUOO

5:45 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The MTA announced that the cold weather precipitation has resulted in delays and stunted service on the B, F, M, N, Q, R, and J trains.

The MTA also announced delays on the 1, 2, 5, and 6 trains.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to an MTA spokesperson for comment about the increased train delays.

It comes after the No. 7 subway line lost power Monday morning, stranding scores of passengers.

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No. 7 trains run between Times Square and Main Street in Flushing, Queens. A portion of the line runs above ground.

Around 9 a.m., a stray umbrella caught fire on a No. 7 train's track at the 52nd Street station, MTA spokesperson Amanda Kwan told BuzzFeed News. Express service slowed to a local route.

#ServAdv: Times Square bound #7 exp from 74 St to Queensboro Plz, due to debris on track at 52 St. Allow additional travel time.

NYCT Subway Service@NYCTSubwayFollow

#ServAdv: Times Square bound #7 exp from 74 St to Queensboro Plz, due to debris on track at 52 St. Allow additional travel time.

9:31 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Then, in a separate incident at 9:30 a.m., a No. 7 train north of Queensboro Plaza lost power, Kwan said. As a result, the MTA halted services on all operating 7 trains. Kwan could not confirm a connection between the two incidents.

Given the already snow- and sleet-drenched morning, passengers were not pleased.

@NYCTSubway always trouble in queens and 7train, so why am i stuck on 5th ave Q train left 2hours early from nj but ny cant get it together!

Karla Gonsalves@kolormekarlaFollow

@NYCTSubway always trouble in queens and 7train, so why am i stuck on 5th ave Q train left 2hours early from nj but ny cant get it together!

9:39 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Did we mention there was no power on a train? As in, no heat. In February.

@NYCTSubway NYC bound - train hasn't moved! Where are the announcements? It's freezing cold!

Kristen Vieira@x10vFollow

@NYCTSubway NYC bound - train hasn't moved! Where are the announcements? It's freezing cold!

9:41 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Luckily, passengers had their fellow commuters to provide much-needed body heat.

OMG Packed & Stuck on 7 line MT @deniztweeting: this is what it's like inside #7 Train #MTA #NYC

Thomas Tobin@tvnoozFollow

OMG Packed & Stuck on 7 line MT @deniztweeting: this is what it's like inside #7 Train #MTA #NYC

11:26 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The nightmarish delay came less than two weeks after the MTA voted to increase subway and bus fares by a quarter, which only fanned the flames of train riders' anger.

It makes me wonder in days like this why are they raising the fees for NYC subway? 7 train gets stalled on a consistent basis. #mta

Jose Medina@chachinskyFollow

It makes me wonder in days like this why are they raising the fees for NYC subway? 7 train gets stalled on a consistent basis. #mta

8:08 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#7 train should be free like the SI Ferry. $2.75 is a complete rip off for THE MOST CONSISTENTLY WORST SERVICE EVER #NYC

Miss B McC@babsmccormickFollow

#7 train should be free like the SI Ferry. $2.75 is a complete rip off for THE MOST CONSISTENTLY WORST SERVICE EVER #NYC

11:29 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some took the above-ground reception as an opportunity to warn others...

Completely avoid the 7 train right now, for your own sanity. #nyc

Emily Mijatovic@emilymijatovicFollow

Completely avoid the 7 train right now, for your own sanity. #nyc

10:33 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

...as did the MTA. Though some didn't get the warning on time.

Over 2 hours into my commute and JUST received a text message from NYC advising me to steer clear of the 7 train. Thanks a billion. #7train

Lindsey B Maliekel@lllbullerFollow

Over 2 hours into my commute and JUST received a text message from NYC advising me to steer clear of the 7 train. Thanks a billion. #7train

11:20 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kwan said that by 11:33 a.m., all of the No. 7 trains that had been stalled were cleared to continue service, and passengers were let off.

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Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based Nairobi, Kenya.

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