Capital New York:
A-train riders in southern Queens woke up [yesterday] morning to discover that their commute would be even worse than normal, after the M.T.A. abruptly suspended service between Broad Channel and Rockaway Boulevard.
The cause, as it turned out, was "a massive theft of copper cable from the A line subway tracks near Howard Beach," according to an M.T.A. release.
Roughly 500 feet of copper cable was removed, and some ancillary equipment damaged.
"We are working closely with the NYPD Transit Bureau to help them investigate this crime and identify the culprits responsible," said M.T.A. New York City Transit president Carmen Bianco, in a statement.
This theft did more than force thousands of riders onto shuttle buses and into their cars, which itself is said to have caused traffic jams through Broad Channel.
It also hampered service along the entire 31-mile line, since trains that are stored in the Rockaway Park rail yard for use throughout the city were inaccessible. Nor could trains turn around there or in Far Rockaway.