The suspension happened a day after ice on the third rail knocked out the 7 subway line, stranding thousands of straphangers for hours and on the same day that N, Q and R service was knocked out between Queens and Manhattan.
According to the MTA’s website, as of Tuesday morning there was no E train service between the Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer Ave. stations in both directions, and no F train between the Forest Hills-71st Ave. and Jamaica-179st Street stations, also in both directions.
Amanda Kwan, a spokeswoman for the MTA, said the trains were suspended due to a track fire that was reported on 8:51 a.m. and that the FDNY was handling the situation.
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, Kwan said.
Kwan said that commuters should take the Q60 bus, which runs along Queens Boulevard.
But residents said that buses were so packed that they were not be able to open the doors to let more passengers in.
Aida Vernon, of Briarwood, said she was not able to board any of the buses and was walking along Queens Boulevard, possibly to Forest Hills, to catch the train.