A subway station ceiling collapse has halted train service on one of Manhattan’s lines late Sunday evening and it affects are still being felt through the Monday morning rush hour.
The ceiling collapsed at the 181 Street station at St. Nicholas Avenue on the No. 1 line, dropping debris onto the tracks at about 11pm Sunday. According to the MTA, there is no northbound nor southbound service through the station, which is now closed.
The MTA has halted service on the No. 1 line from 168 Street and Dyckman Street stations in both directions. Northbound service terminates at 168 Street, where transfer for the A and C lines are available. Free shuttle bus service is being provided for this stretch of the line.
Commuters who wish to travel further north will have to transfer at Dyckman Street for free shuttle train service that will make all station stops to Van Cortlandt Park-242 Street, the No. 1 line’s final stop in the Bronx.
Passengers are also being advised to use the nearby A train line at Fort Washington Avenue or M100 or BX7 bus service at Broadway as alternatives. Passengers can also MTA website www.tripplanner.mta.info for further subway and bus directions.
Normal No. 1 line service is not expected to resume until later Monday. It is unclear if repairs will be made in time for Monday evening’s rush hour commute.
The MTA and Office of Emergency Management are investigating the cause of the collapse.
Riders were already expecting delays on northbound No. 1 trains due to ongoing switching problems at the Times Square-42nd Street station.
The No. 1 line runs from Van Cortlandt Park-242 Street in the Bronx to South Ferry at the southern tip of Manhattan. The train is known as the Broadway – Seventh Avenue local.
No injuries were reported at the time of the collapse.