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Ceiling collapse hinders service on buses, other subway lines

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The ceiling collapse at the 181st Street subway station has caused havoc for commuters far and wide.

The MTA had to hustle up additional shuttle buses to accommodate the thousands of riders needing to bypass three No. 1 stations closed since Sunday, when large portions of the ceiling fell onto the subway track bed. But to staff the fleet, NYC Transit removed some drivers from their normal runs in the Bronx and Manhattan.

Nearly 20 scheduled bus trips never ran Wednesday and Tuesday, causing longer waits and crowded buses, said officials from the bus drivers’ union.

“It’s an emergency,” said Frank Austin, a union representative.

NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton said seven bus lines each had one less run yesterday, but normal service resumed by 10 a.m.

Meanwhile, riders on the nearby A line are feeling a bit more cramped with the influx of No. 1 passengers.

“Riders in our area are now flooding the A train,” said Marie-Danielle Samuel, a Washington Heights straphanger. “They need do something.”

The A train is typically less congested than many other Manhattan lines, Seaton said. Transit cannot add trains on the A because it shares service with other subway lines, he said.

The MTA hopes to resume No. 1 service Monday and is working around the clock to stabilize the ceiling in the landmarked 181st Street station. Workers were still erecting scaffolding yesterday to reach the tiles, elected officials said.

hhaddon@am-ny.com

Tags: mta , washington heights , 181st street

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