MTA ‘confident’ full subway service will be restored for Monday morning commute

Posted at 10:26 PM, May 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-05 06:45:59-04

WOODSIDE, Queens (PIX11) — MTA workers have been working round the clock this weekend to have full subway service restored on the E and F, M and R lines in time for the Monday morning rush hour.

“I am confident we will have local and express service fully restored Monday morning 5 am” Chief MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg told PIX11.

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Fire crews on scene of a train derailment near the Broadway-65th Street station in Woodside, queens, on May 2, 2014. (Photo: PIX11’s Mario Diaz)

Investigators still don ‘t know what caused a new stretch of track, made last November and installed just two months ago, to fracture, derailing the middle six of eight subway cars Friday morning near the 65th Street and Broadway subway station.

All the derailed cars have been removed and there appears to be no structural damage to the subway tunnel itself.

“They did great work, rebuilding the entire stretch of track,” Lisberg said.

Speed and operator error have been ruled out as possible causes for the worst derailment in a city subway in more than two decades as the investigation continues.

Ten people are still hospitalized tonight because of the derailment, 4 with potentially serious injuries.