Smoky situation: Two subway track fires lead to delays

On Friday morning, and again on Monday evening, smoke conditions caused delays for commuters.

At around 9 a.m. on Friday morning, a small fire near the tracks at 7 Av caused large problems on the A, B, C, D, E, M, and Q lines, but inflicted the most pain on B and D riders.

A signal box appeared to be burning, as seen in tweets from passengers:

For the next few hours after the incident, trains were canceled, held, or rerouted. Even several hours after the initial fire, passengers still seemed to be delayed:

However, this was not the station’s first big media appearance.

It also suffered from a large Con Edison power outage last April, which led to Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Public Service compelling the utility to inspect and improve its equipment. As Bloomberg News reported late last week, the power company has completed $65 million of electrical repairs and upgrades in 2017, with plans to spend $127 million in 2018.

The second incident, occurring around 6 p.m. on Monday evening at 51 St, also appeared to stem from a track fire.

Tweets from riders showed a 6 train being evacuated at the station with FDNY personnel on the platform:

The M.T.A. did not respond to a request for comment to identify and explain the cause for the fires.

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