MTA worker’s bathroom break sparks commuter chaos on five subway lines

New York Post | 5/17/2019 | Staff
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This made for a real crappy commute.

A nasty clogged-up toilet and nature calling for a pair of MTA workers during Friday’s morning rush-hour snarled subway service on five different lines, according to the transit agency and a report.

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The double bathroom break caused temporary service changes on the A, C and E lines and prompted delays on those lines, as well as hold-ups on the F and M lines, the MTA said.

MTA spokesman Shams Tarek told The Post that two employees on the A and C lines “needed emergency bathroom breaks” at “around exactly the same time during rush-hour.”

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At 8:35 a.m. the urge hit an operator at a Manhattan control tower at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue with a busted toilet — and about 10 minutes later the operator of a C train stopped at Brooklyn’s Jay Street-MetroTech station to sit on the throne, Tarek said.

“The tower operator needed to use a bathroom farther away than usual because the one in the tower recently went out service for repairs and was not restored yet,” said Tarek.

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The website Jalopnik, citing a source, reported that a toilet in that tower has been backed up for three days and was the main culprit behind the morning service disruptions.

A transit source said the toilet issue was much more involved than a clog.

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There was a problem with the electric pump system that the toilet relies upon to work and it needed to be repaired, the source said.

The toilet was fixed and returned to service by 2 p.m. Friday, the MTA said.

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