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Improperly secured trash among issues that caused commute chaos; worker facing ‘disciplinary action’

NEW YORK — Improperly secured trash that fell onto a track was among a slew of issues that caused delays for more than a dozen subway lines, wreaking havoc during the Wednesday morning rush-hour commute.

An employee will now face “appropriate disciplinary action” for not properly securing trash on a southbound refuse train at 14th Street, causing it to fall onto the track and impact following southbound trains near DeKalb Avenue beginning shortly before 9 a.m., the MTA said.

A smoke condition at Grand Central around the same time prompted a response from FDNY, and further delays.

An hour earlier, a customer became sick at Jay St-MetroTech.

The three separate incidents caused chaos for commuters who faced delays on at least 11 lines as a result.

Delays on the B, D, N, Q, R and W trains persisted past noon. Earlier, 7, A, C, and E trains faced hours of delays.

The following delays and changes were in effect as of 12:15 p.m.:

  • No W train service between Astoria-Ditmars Blvd and Whitehall St. in both directions
  • Southbound N and Q trains are running on the R line from 34 St-Herald Sq to DeKalb Av.

Multiple lines also face planned work Wednesday.

  • No M trains between Myrtle Av and Metropolitan Av
  • J train Broad St-bound trains skip Flushing Av, Lorimer St and Hewes St
  • M Forest Hills-bound trains skip Flushing Av, Lorimer St and Hewes St
  • B Brighton Beach-bound trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy
  • W trains run every 20 minutes in Manhattan
  • No W trains between 57 St-7 Av and Ditmars Blvd
  • Astoria-bound N trains skip 39 Av, 36 Av, Broadway and 30 Av

W service operates between Whitehall St and 57 St-7 Av, and via the Q to and from 96 St. Commuters should transfer between the N and W trains at Times Sq-42 St (across the platform).

R service is also available at 5 Av/59 St and Lexington Av/59 St. Transfer between R and W trains at 57 St-7 Av.

Earlier Wednesday, an empty NJ Transit train derailed at Penn Station, briefly causing delays in and out of the area.

The incidents occurred amid the “summer of hell” and continued problems facing the nation’s largest transit system.

Subways are in need of repairs and have seen growing delays, mechanical failures, power outages and even derailments. Seemingly small issues, such as track fires, often cause hours of delays for commute.

Part of the problem is continued squabbling between the Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio over responsibility for paying for repairs.

Earlier this month, de Blasio said the wealthiest 1 percent should be taxed to fund improvements to the beleaguered subway system. Cuomo has offered to split the cost with the city, but the mayor has so far refused.

“Summer of hell,” a term first used by Cuomo to describe what commuters may face as Amtrak track repairs at Penn Station were underway, has thus far proved less hellish than anticipated, although a tumultuous year for commuters overall continues.