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Subway Commute a Slushy Nightmare on A, B, D, F and Q Trains

By  Gustavo Solis and Aidan Gardiner | February 3, 2014 9:56am | Updated on February 3, 2014 11:19am

 Straphangers packed onto a Brooklyn subway platform as a power problem sparked delays Monday morning.
Straphangers packed onto a Brooklyn subway platform as a power problem sparked delays Monday morning.
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MANHATTAN — Commuters faced a nightmarish commute on Monday morning as the slushy weather, a track fire and electrical problems knocked out or rerouted service to a half-dozen train lines, officials said.

The problems with the A, B, D, F, and Q lines began at 8 a.m. when an electrical outage at Grand Street disrupted trains for about 30 minutes, an MTA spokeswoman said.

Then, about 9 a.m., a small fire broke out on the northbound F train tracks in the Delancey Street Station, near Essex Street, which impacted service for about an hour, MTA and FDNY officials said.

Commuters posted photos online of a smoke filled Delancey Street station and other crowded Brooklyn stations that were impacted by the delays.

Weather conditions forced the A train to run on the local track between 168th Street and 145th Street, according to the MTA's website.

The headaches added up for straphangers, some of whom saw their commute times double.

Alessandra Datri, 39, spent two hours trying to get from Bay Ridge to Rockefeller Plaza, hopping from one delayed train to another.

"It was awful. I was stuck on the R, I was stuck on the D. It took me two hours to get here," she said, adding that her normal commute takes an hour.

"The R stopped for 30 minutes. The D stopped for 15 minutes, then 10, then five," Datri added.

Yuka Nagai posted a photo of a commuters packed onto the Kings Highway platform, which serves the B and Q lines, in Brooklyn about 9 a.m.

"The bs I had to deal with this morning," Jacqueline B. posted on Twitter along with a photo of a jammed Brooklyn platform at 8:54 a.m.

"Snowstorm, stalled and later packed subway,broken light causing me to pull a Frogger crossing a major ave. Typical morning commute in NYC," Tory LaLa tweeted at 9:40 a.m.