We’re back from the scene of today’s subway evacuations along Delancey Street. Multiple trains were shut down just as the Friday afternoon rush home was beginning. No injuries to report, but there is a huge Fire Department and police presence from Essex Street to the Bowery. J,M.Z, D and B service have all been suspended.
More details from the Post: About 500 people were evacuated beginning at around 2:52 p.m. One resident said smoke from a fire on the tracks began to enter a subway car in a tunnel between Essex and Bowery. People were stuck for about 20 minutes until the train was rolled back towards Essex Street and passengers could be let off. The Post reported a second group of passengers was evacuated from a train that had just arrived at Essex Street from Brooklyn. Officials said the fire appeared to have caused by MTA electrical equipment but they are still investigating exactly what went wrong.
Update 5:16 p.m. Notify NYC reports: Due to ongoing Fire Department activity, downtown M train service is terminating at 2 Avenue, Manhattan. The J and Z trains are also suspended in both directions between Marcy Ave, Brooklyn and Broad St, Manhattan. Expect extensive delays and visit www.mta.info for updates.