A grimy, darkened subway tunnel teeming with rats and a deadly third rail wasn’t enough to deter a Brooklyn man who was desperate to get to his new job on time.
During Tuesday morning’s hellish subway commute caused by a busted signal at 34th Street-Herald Square, Matt D., 22, was one of two men aboard a stalled northbound F train to jump off and bravely walk the tracks to the next station.
“I didn’t even think about it,” said the Brooklyn native, who filmed his adventure with a cellphone.
Matt, who didn’t give his last name, was heading from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn to his fireproofing job in College Point, Queens for his 7 a.m. shift when the F train stopped in the tunnel just outside of 34th Street at about 6 a.m.
It was stuck for about an hour.
“I was texting my boss nonstop, but I had no service,” said Matt who boarded the train at the Avenue X stop. “I just started two weeks ago and I didn’t want to get in trouble.”
As the train operator made repeated announcements about the delay, straphangers grew increasingly impatient.
“People were bugging out on the train, saying, ‘We’re going to be late,’” said Matt, who was in the first car.
Then another frustrated commuter – also late for work – said out loud: “If this train doesn’t move in five minutes I’m going to hop off and walk to the platform!
“It was five minutes later and I saw him walking to the door,” said Matt, who then made the daring decision to join the stranger, who was in his 20s.
“I said to him, ‘You’re hopping off?’ He said, ‘Yeah,’ and I said, ‘Well I’ll come with you,’” Matt recalled.
The pair of straphangers then walked in between the threshold of the train cars, climbed off the train and onto a ledge in the tunnel and headed straight for the light at the end.
“I thought it was funny,” Matt said. “I was dying laughing. I couldn’t believe I was doing this to get to work.”
Video taken by Matt shows him following…