NEW YORK (WCSB 880) — Multiple subway lines were delayed during the Wednesday evening commute when bed bugs were found inside a signal tower and dispatchers' office.
The MTA confirmed a worker found two bed bugs inside the dispatchers’ office at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue station at around 5 p.m.
The room had to be fumigated and during the process, all four employees were unable to enter the room to direct trains to turn around, leading to “severe delays” on the E, F, M and R lines.
The fumigation took until 7:30 p.m., according to the agency.
As employees were allowed to resume their work, service along the lines slowly began to resume.
During the fumigation process, subway commuters were told to expect longer travel times along several routes.
"We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers as we worked to address the issue and ensure the safety of our employees," Transit President Andy Byford said in a statement.
It’s believed that the bed bugs have been cleared from the office.