The Apocalypse Is Nigh: A Huge Chunk of the L Train Went Down This Morning
Oh, hi. Did you have a nice commute this morning? On the L train, perhaps? No? It was awful? Worse than usual, in fact? That's because, as you may have discovered, if you're one of the unlucky thousands who use that train, a large chunk of it was down this morning for about 30 to 45 minutes. People were, to put it in scientific terms, losing their goddamn minds.
An artist's rendering of the way your ride to work feels.
According to the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the L went down between Eighth Avenue (the northernmost stop) and Broadway Junction in both directions "due to signal problems and switch problems." Broadway Junction is just six stops from the end of the line at the south end. In other words, most of the train was out of commission.
Many people discovered that the L wasn't running after they left the house, because that is how the universe works. Those people were upset.
the L is down we're all going to perish— Charlotte Zoller (@cz77) January 24, 2014
The L is down in all directions forever today . Go buy yourself a hot coffee and wall over the bridge.— NYCnatalie (@nycnatalie) January 24, 2014
Ltrain died at first ave. Yuppies crowd into M14 Bus. Insane entitlement rage.— Max Steele (@billycheer) January 24, 2014
L TRAIN WHY U NO RUN TODAY?!! MAKE ME PAY TO GET A CAR EFF UUUU— Dean Dalmacio (@DeanDalmacio) January 24, 2014
Others decided, with quiet stoicism, that this was the last straw in their tepid love affair with the L:
L train, I think it's time we part ways. Too many long, cold walks to the M this winter when you're surprisingly not running.— tannercurtis (@tannercurtis) January 24, 2014
Just when I thought "Hey the L train isn't awful today" it decided to take aggressive measures to prove me wrong #thanksmta— Tim Nelson (@T_nels) January 24, 2014
There were, however, apparently some entertaining side-benefits to the whole debacle:
and so begins the parade of flamboyantly dressed 20-somethings down myrtle ave— Charlotte Zoller (@cz77) January 24, 2014
Service resumed about 9:47 a.m. with "residual delays." When reached for comment, MTA spokesperson Adam Lisberg noted that the train had resumed service, but said, nonetheless, "We're preparing for locusts now."
If you haven't yet left the house, and you need to take the L, can we suggest an alternate travel route? One that involves you traveling on back to bed and giving up? Just think about it.