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Signal Problems Cause Delays on 1, 2, 3 Trains

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It was another rough day Tuesday for commuters on the 1, 2 and 3 subway lines in what's become a frustrating series of problems for those riders. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

Riders on the 1, 2 and 3 lines dealt with signal problems Tuesday that brought the commute on those lines to a near halt.

Delays stretched from the end of the morning rush into the evening.

"It's really maddening," said one rider. "We pay a lot for this, for train stations to work properly, and we don't get that service."

Especially on Tuesday morning, when a signal problem at Times Square shut down service on the 1, 2 and 3 lines from 96th Street to Chambers Street.

Riders were met with sealed-off turnstiles and had to walk to other lines to get where they were going.

"Yeah, I'm going to be super late now," said one commuter. "But I think the doctor's appointment, the doctor is on the line, so everybody's going to be late."

"It was really bad," said another. "I had an interview just now, and I kind of missed the whole thing."

It's something that riders on the 1, 2 and 3 dealt with last week, too, when a weather-related signal problem led to a power outage at the end of the morning rush.

Officials said that Tuesday's problems weren't weather-related, but riders weren't too interested in anything but getting places on time.

"It affects your everyday life because when you have to get to work or school, you miss important things," said one rider.

While the trains were poking along, there may be more commuting headaches right around the corner. With snow in the forecast for Thursday, riders on lines with express service will likely be slowed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority storing trains from its railyards on express tracks, as it has done during recent snowstorms.

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