Update, 12:28 p.m.: Per the MTA’s last update at 11:45 a.m., B and Q trains were running again, though there are obviously service changes related to this morning’s derailment.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams issued the following statement about the derailment:
This morning’s MTA Q train derailment at the Brighton Beach subway station should not be shrugged off as just another incident. It is indicative of a creaking mass transit system that needs urgent upgrades to fit the needs of a 21st century city. As the ticket of a ride increases ever further, riders cannot be left in the dust, picking up the price tag for a mismanaged system at the seams of a total breakdown. Millions of New Yorkers use the subway every single day — they should not have to worry about a train derailment, track fire, or other incident that at worst puts their basic safety at risk. This system must be rapidly modernized with increased investment. There’s no reason why the Empire State cannot be a leader on this issue.
And there’s this from City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito:
.@MMViverito says pols shouldn't be "wasting time pointing fingers and arguing over who controls the MTA," in statement on subway derailment— Conor Skelding (@conorskelding) July 21, 2017
Just when you thought the week couldn’t get any worse for the MTA, news is now emerging that a Q train derailed Friday morning. A southbound Q train derailed just before 9 a.m. at the Brighton Beach stop in Brooklyn, prompting a complete closure of service on the B line, according to the New York Post.
No one was injured in the derailment, and as it stands right now, Southbound Q trains are running on the N line from Atlantic Avenue-Barlcays Center to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, there are no Q trains from Atlantic Avenue to Coney Island in both directions, and B trains are only running between 145th Street and Kings Highway.
MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz told Gothamist that the second set of wheels on the second car derailed this morning, but that a “reach train,” was on site shortly afterwards to allow passengers from the derailed train to travel on. There were a total of 135 passengers on the train at the time that it derailed, according to Gothamist.
Scene of the minor train derailment at the Sheepshead Bay station in Brooklyn from #newscopter7 pic.twitter.com/I7SfXlRqLL— ABC7NY NewsDesk (@ABC7NYNewsDesk) July 21, 2017
The latest information about service changes along the B and Q lines due to a derailment at Brighton Beach. pic.twitter.com/k9TUMuPVo4— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) July 21, 2017
Unfortunately, the MTA’s troubles aren’t limited to the Q train derailment this morning. The northbound 6 train is running with delays due to a signal malfunction at Elder Avenue. And Southbound F & M trains are running with delays, also due to a signal malfunction, this time at 42nd Street-Bryant Park.
At the moment, the MTA is encouraging commuters affected by the derailment to take the C or D train for service in Manhattan, and to take B16, B41 or B68 buses for service in Brooklyn.
This derailment, while minor in comparison, follows shortly after the A train derailment at the 125th Street stop, injured 34 people. Earlier this week, the subway experienced even more troubles due to a track fire at 145th Street station on the A, B, C, D lines, and an ‘unruly customer’ at the 72nd Street stop on the 1.