Downed Tree Ensnares B Train Causing Massive Delays At Cortelyou Road

(Photo by Michele Travis)

A downed tree and busted fence at the Cortelyou Road station is causing massive delays on the Q and B lines this morning, according to neighbors and the MTA.

In the photo above, you can see the tree hanging precariously above the tracks, the missing slice of fence, and the B train halted by debris at its wheels.

The felled tree was on private property and hit the tracks around 8:30am while trains waited at the station, said an MTA spokesperson.

One disgruntled neighbor on the platform says:

The uptown B drove right into the tree (don’t know why they didn’t see it) and got stuck. Waited 30 minutes for them to clear it, with an uptown Q stuck in the process. Instead of going an extra five feet to the platform, they fixed it by throwing all the debris onto the downtown B track (“Courtesy Counts!” -MTA). 

As of 9:30am, the downtown Q is currently stuck in place by the fence and MTA service is running as follows:
  • No B trains service between Prospect Park and Brighton Beach in both directions.
  • No train service between Prospect Park and Kings Hwy in both directions.
  • For southbound travelers, riders can take the B41 from Prospect Park for service to Church Avenue or Beverly Road, or hop on the R to Fourth Avenue, then transfer to the F to 15th Street-Prospect Park. From there, the B68 bus was making regular B and Q stops to Kings Highway.

Allow additional travel time, says the MTA, but crews are currently on-site clearing the tracks.

[Update 10:20am: Northbound Q service has resumed, says the MTA]

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