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On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, major delays impacted the E-F-M-R subway trains on the Queens Boulevard line, as thousands of commuters who were left stranded on platforms and trains.  

Thousands of riders were flabbergasted to learn that the cause of the delays was … bed bugs.   And, apparently, these tiny creatures (more commonly found in bedding) were spotted in an MTA operations facility, known as the “The Continental Master Control Tower,” situated in Forest Hills, Queens. 

The sighting required the tower’s evacuation, so that the impacted areas could be fumigated.  But because this facility is integral to the functioning of the subway system, havoc ensued (with many trains delayed and rerouted). 

“What started as every parent’s worst nightmare turned into a storybook ending, thanks to one community tallying together to help those in need,” read Patch. Fortunately, nobody was injured, and service resumed once the fumigation was completed. 

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Click here to read the full report on PATCH: https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/s/gzmse/bed-bugs-in-subway-blamed-for-snarled-queens-commute?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=traffic-transit&utm_campaign=alert