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G train derails north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn; three injuries reported

by Benjamin Kabak

Transti crews inspect the derailed G train near Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets. (Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann)

A southbound G train derailed around 700 feet north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. at around 10:35 p.m. last night. The FDNY reported three injuries, though none serious, and approximately 80 passengers — a fairly empty late-night train — had to be evacuated. The MTA has said that the front two wheels of the first car jumped the track.

As a result of the derailment, G train service will be limited with single-tracked service on the Queens-bound track only between Bedford-Nostrand and Court Sq. and “extremely limited” service between Fulton St. and Bedford Nostrand. The G is, in effect, now a shuttle. The MTA is urging riders to use the B38 along DeKalb or Lafayette Avenues as an alternate, and Transit is providing free transfer from the G at Fulton St. to the C at Lafayette Ave. and from the Broadway stop to Lorimer St. on the BMT’s J/M/Z lines. F service from Bergen St. south continues to operate normally.

The MTA is currently investigating the derailment, and while I have no basis for this conclusion, the incident follows a mid-afternoon rail condition near the same spot. According to MTA records, that issue had been cleared up a little after 5 p.m. on Thursday evening. More details to come.

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Rich B September 11, 2015 - 12:27 am

Hmm… shades of a recent DC Metro derailment, anyone? The one where the geometry car saw a problem and they just hit the “ignore” button because it made their job easier? I hope this isn’t like that. It’s early. Who knows.

BenW September 11, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Not quite reasonable to say “because it made their lives easier.” Moreso “because the process was stupid and broken and somebody was bound to screw it up at some point,” as far as I can tell—there’s somebody who’s job it is to monitor for and screen out false positives, and by the sound of it false positives are pretty common. Recipe for screw-ups, that.

Larry 3 September 11, 2015 - 12:45 am

NBC 4 has photo of a damage subway car wheels: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news.....42451.html

AMH September 11, 2015 - 3:19 pm

I can’t see the wheels or whether there is any damage to them, but it looks like they broke off some big chunks of concrete from the tunnel.

22rr September 11, 2015 - 10:19 am

breakdowns and random delays are the new normal… nowadays i try to walk or use citibike for any trips less than 3 miles because the trains are too unreliable. and i avoid going between boroughs on sundays.

BenW September 11, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Wait, single-tracking between Bedford-Nostrand and Court Square? Can’t they just short-turn at Bedford-Nostrand the way they usually do when they’re working on something between there and the south end of the line?

Brooklynite September 11, 2015 - 8:22 pm

They were almost surely using both tracks north of Bedford-Nostrand. Ben most likely typo’ed.

Kai B September 12, 2015 - 12:00 am

Confirmed. 2 tracks north of B-N. I saw decent service (slight delays) at Nassau around 6 am. They tried to run a shuttle south of B-N to Fulton, but I’m guessing it wasn’t that effective on one track, especially during rush hour.

For all its “what could have been” stories, that B-N station does come through in situations like this!

bigbellymon4 September 12, 2015 - 1:47 am

It can, but the mta looks for the cheap solution when running trains on a modified schedule. You can run full G train service during the rush because there are switches between BN and Myrtle and switches between BN and Classon. Since service is single-tracked to the queens-bound track, you can use the Church Avenue-bound track as a layup to turn trains. Although all trains have to pass through the center track to return to Queens, it is still feasible with the 8tph G schedule. This is based on the nyc subway.org track maps and the G train schedule on the mta website.

Kai B September 12, 2015 - 12:17 am

It looks like G-Train stations are finally getting speakers and Transit Wireless’s installations (Nassau has both, but not operational). The new ad unit at Nassau didn’t display anything except news about the service disruption, which everyone crowded around, the entire time. Win?

bigbellymon4 September 12, 2015 - 1:11 am

Finally wireless underground coverage is moving to Brooklyn because I also saw Transit Wireless’s antenna system installed at Graham Avenue on the L (but not yet operational). It is a win because it shows progress with the cell coverage rollout (whenever it is activated which should be in a couple of weeks).

Tower18 September 12, 2015 - 11:53 am

I don’t understand how they prioritize this project. First up should be any underground major transfer point where multiple routing options are possible. So, coming to mind are Jay St and Hoyt-Schermerhorn. Many riders at these two stations would be able to take multiple trains, if there are problems, and the lack of wireless service means you might, say, arrive at Jay on an F wanting to transfer to the A, so you get off the F, but then the A has a problem…shoulda stayed on that F.

I can’t recall if the Atlantic Av complex has service, but that’s a no-brainer.


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