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More Q pain! Subway riders trapped on Cortelyou platform

The Brooklyn Paper

Cortelyou what: let’s bust out of here!

So said a group of straphangers who found themselves trapped on the Coney-Island-bound platform of a Flatbush subway station on Thursday morning after a train deposited them there despite that side being closed for repair work. A Community Newspaper Group production artist was among the dozen unlucky souls who climbed the stairs of the Cortelyou Road station at 6:30 am to find the door chained shut.

“We walked to the exit, but it was just locked,” said office legend John Napoli.

Napoli said a station attendant did nothing to help the stranded travelers pounding on the door.

“It seemed like the lady didn’t give a damn,” said Napoli.

Ten minutes elapsed and another train passed the station without stopping before the marooned riders took matters into their own hands and busted through the exit, which turned out to be attached by a flimsy zip-tie next to the padlocks and chain.

“I don’t know what else we were supposed to do,” he said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority claimed it would investigate the incident after an inquiry by The Brooklyn Paper, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

Napoli simply has not been able to catch a break this week. The morning before the Cortelyou debacle, the office legend was stuck in Flatbush for more than two hours when all Manhattan-bound Q trains, including the one he was riding, stopped in their stations to await the removal of a stalled subway at the Prospect Park stop. He ultimately made it to work that day by catching a 2 train, but not before walking all over creation and failing to find an open seat in overloaded cabs or buses.

Napoli’s brief detention at Cortelyou Road was less of a time suck, but he said he always braces for the worst when reaching for his MetroCard.

“I always leave early to compensate for our horrible transportation system,” he said.

The Coney-Island-bound sides of the Cortelyou, Beverly, and Parkside Q stations have been closed for structural work and repainting since February. The Beverly station’s platform reopened on Wednesday afternoon and the transportation authority had said the Cortelyou stop’s was supposed to reopen today, but later changed its tune, saying work will continue on all three stations this weekend, the blog Ditmas Park Corner reported.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz

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Jay from Nyc says:
Bp you could do this kind of story everyday about the mta. The f train broke almost every single day for a year straight. They are the worst and need serious overhaul and mass firings.
June 6, 7:15 am
Paul from Sheepshead Bay says:
It's so typical of the MTA and its many arrogant employees. It's also so typical of the dismal service, over crowded trains and annual time wasting "capital improvements" on the Brighton Line. The MTA and its employees haven't a care or consideration for commuters as demonstrated by the individual who refused assistance to those stranded passengers. There is NO accountability at the MTA and they continue to raise the fare and perpetuate the dismal service, particularly on the Q train. Track workers laugh about equipment left on the trackbed, chuckling about "that's overtime, hee, hee!", bus drivers slam doors in your face, refuse to lower the steps and station agents are rude and uninformative.

While other lines get improvements and increased services, the Q train is mostly guaranteed to be crowded any time of day. This kind of behavior and contempt for us has been going on for decades. It's time those six figure salaried executives at the top and the brainless, well paid idiots who work the the buses, tracks and the subway stations get thrown out permanently
June 6, 10:21 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
"before the marooned riders took matters into their own hands and busted through the exit, which turned out to be attached by a flimsy zip-tie next to the padlocks and chain."

a zip-tie? If this was the midday gentrification crowd at the Bedford Ave station, they'd still be trying to bust that one open.
June 6, 12:15 pm
Lisa from Willaimsburg says:
I can say one bright side I saw on the G line on Friday afthernoon. A woman running to the train got to it to late. The Driver of the train called the conductor to open the doors again. Mean while another female passenger in the train recklessly started banging on the drivers door. The doors reopened and the other passenger got on. Than the driver opened his door to see who was banging on the door. He ask did anyone knock on the door. The rude person screamed at the driver why did he close the door. The driver tried to answer the woman but the woman spoke over him. I could see the anger in his face but he waited for her to finish. And told her there are 2 workers on this train. The other person opens the doors and himself drives the train than he told her to have a nice day and closed his door. I felt so bad for that worker as a passenger I applaud that worker for dealing with people like that.
June 7, 5:46 pm

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