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Train Derails on Upper West Side

Commuters wait on a platform as a train arrives at a subway station in New York, November 21, 2008. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authorithy (MTA) said that to plug a 1.2 billion USD budget gap next year, it must increase fare and toll revenues by 23 percent, which would raise an additional 670 USD million if the increase goes into effect in early June.

For those craving a second scary subway story today: Service on the C line has been temporarily suspended because an A train lost a wheel and wandered off the track as it passed through the West 81st station this morning. There were no injuries, though the 400-or-so people onboard had to be evacuated via a “rescue train,” which seems to have been a regular train that was backed up until it connected with the front of the less useful train. The passengers were then brought to Columbus Circle station, which was likely jammed full of last-minute Christmas shoppers eager to soothe their  frazzled, post-subway accident nerves.