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(UPDATE) Most subway service back after fire, signal troubles, ice spread transit chaos

All except 7 Train -- the king of pain trains -- of course.

Nowhere Fast: Passengers want fixes, but how soon is now?

UPDATE 5:30 pm -- It is still unclear whether the 7 Train will be back fully. The icing problems faced by the 7's third elevated tracks in Queens will likely be aided by tomorrow's temps, which @metronewyork @wjbreports writes will hit 40 degrees. Click here. Balmy! But don't get too happy: More snow is on tap for Thursday's commute.

BY THE BY: It's not just us. The frozen tundra folks up in Boston have it real bad, according to @metroboston @dmaccash. Click here and here for their wicked tales of woe.

UPDATE -- 4 pm.
As the evening commute unfolds, most lines were fully running after this morning's mess -- except the No. 7.

The MTA admits a series of simultaeneous circumstances caused extra pain for commuters.

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"Two sick passengers, two track fires and some signal trouble. Some days are challenging," agency spokesman Kevin Ortiz told Metro.

This was the agency's 4 p.m. post at www.mta.info:
Due to ongoing icy conditions,the following service changes are in effect:
There is limited7train service betweenTimes Square-42 StandFlushing-Main Stin both directions.
There will be no7express train service running today.
Please allow extra time for your commute.
Expect delays and crowding.
If possible, transfer at74 St-Broadwayfor E, F, M andRservice intoManhattan.

UPDATE -- 1 pm
N Q R reported back to normal.

ORIGINAL
The pain is spreading. This morning, @metronyc dubbed the still limping 7 train the pain train.

Things just got a whole lot worse.

From the MTA:

6 Train
Due to signal problems atParkchester, southbound6trains are making local stops from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.
Allow additional travel time.

4, 5 Trains
Due to signal problems at59 St-Lexington Av, southbound,trains are running with delays.
Allow additional travel time.

F Train
Due to FDNY activity atBriarwood-Van Wyck Blvd,northboundFtrains are running express fromForest Hills-71 AvtoParsons Blvd. E, F. Rtrain service has resumed with residual delays.
Allow additional travel time.

B Train
Due to icy conditions,trains are running local in both directions betweenBrighton BeachandProspect Park.
Allow additional travel time

N, Q, R
Due to FDNY activity atLexington-59 St, the following service changes are in effect:
There is no northbound N and Q train service from57 St-7 AvtoQueensboro Plaza.
Northbound R trains are running on the F line from57 SttoJackson Hts-Roosvelt Av.
Expect delays in northbound F train service.
Allow additional travel time.

J, Z, M
Due to signal problems atMyrtle Av, the following service changes are in effect:
Jamaica-boundJtrains are running local fromMyrtle AvtoMarcy Av.
Metropolitan Av-boundMtrains are running express fromMarcy AvtoMyrtle Av.

The full rundown is at mta.in

 
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