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Normal Service Resumes on Queens Line Affected by Derailment

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Things are getting back to normal for subway commuters in Queens after Friday's derailment in Woodside.

Regular service resumed on the E, F, M, and R lines along Queens Boulevard Monday morning.

E and F trains ran local and the R was suspended in Queens over the weekend after a Manhattan-bound F train jumped the tracks near the 65th Street station.

Straphangers we spoke with say they're glad to have their regular service back.

"I was pretty impressed by that, cause I thought it would be out for a week," said one straphanger.

"I'm happy that normal service is back on. I know there was injuries, but Friday was a big delay to get home," said another straphanger.

The derailment affected service on the four lines known as the Queens Boulevard line, so riders who typically take the E, F, M or R had to use the 7 train or shuttle buses instead.

At times, lines were long and the trains and buses were packed.

The MTA credits its crews with getting the work done in less than 72 hours. It's not an easy feat considering six of the eights cars on the southbound F train derailed, causing extensive damage.

"Once the trains were out of the way they could just jump in there and do what they know how to do, which is completely rebuild track, put down new ties, put down third rail, put down third rail protection board, make sure the signal system is working, run test trains," said MTA Spokesman Adam Lisberg.

Agency officials say the derailment should not cause undue concern.

"The subway system is very safe. We've had 17 derailments in the last decade. Every year we carry 1.7 billion people and every day we run 8,000 trains. So this is clearly an anomaly. We haven't had a derailment like this in decades so the system is safe, people can get on it with confidence," Lisberg said.

The MTA says the derailment was caused by a small fracture in the rail under the train.

The agency says the rail was manufactured last November and installed in March.

It was removed and sent for testing.

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