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Queens Subway Service Disrupted by Bed Bugs During Wednesday Rush Hour

Jan. 23, 2020 By Kristen Torres

A bed bug sighting in an MTA control tower delayed the commute for thousands of New Yorkers during the Wednesday evening rush hour.

E, F, M, W and R trains—which serve Queens Boulevard and other Queens areas—were delayed for about four hours beginning at 4:30 p.m., the MTA said.

The control tower at the Forest Hills/71st Street subway station, which controls the switches that route the four lines, had to be evacuated because of the bed bug sighting, according to MTA President Andy Byford.

Crews then immediately moved in to fumigate.

No employees were able to return to the tower until about 7:30 p.m., forcing M and R trains to be re-routed further down the tracks.

Service returned to normal around 8:30 p.m., according to Byford.

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