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5 pm UPDATE
From the MTA:
Due to an ice condition on the third rail, MTA New York City Transit is currently only running a limited shuttle service on the 7 line between Flushing-Main Street and 74 St-Broadway in both directions. Shuttle buses are currently running between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and 74 St-Broadway in both directions. Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is cross honoring at the following stations: Penn Station, Flushing, Mets-Willets Point, Woodside, and Hunters Point. 7 line customers whose final destination is Flushing are advised to use the LIRR as an alternate. Customers looking to get to/travel from Queensboro Plaza can take the N or Q . Customers looking to get to/travel from Long Island City can take the E or M to Court Sq. Customers can also take the EFMR for service to Jackson Heights.
12:45 pm UPDATE
MTA posting updates at this link.
Here are transit alternatives:
Subways:E, F, R, N and Q.
Buses: Q32, Q60
LIRR: cross-honoring fares at Flushing, Woodside, Willets Pt, Hunters Pt.
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12:30 pm UPDATE
A stalled train that halted the busy line is being towed. Passenger Delores O'Keefe said that many passengers only recently got the alert from the MTA that there was a problem. "I could have told them that two hours ago," she said.
No luck for 7 train riders this morning: Ice on the third rail has shut the entire line down, from Times Square to Flushing-Main Street.
The trains stopped running around 11 a.m., in tunnels and on the elevated tracks.
A passenger who called in to NY1 said her car is packed --- and hot -- and while within sight of Queensboro Plaza, the elevated bridge is too icy and dangerous to venture out on.
Passengers are tweeting under #7Train and outraged that they’re not getting updates from the agency, which is boosting fares a quarter to $2.75.
Insult to injury, indeed.
If you’re stuck on the train, tweet to @nyc_oz.
-- John A. Oswald
2 hours later, the train is backing up and heading queens bound! At least it's movement? #7train— Lindsey B Maliekel (@lllbuller) February 2, 2015