The MTA must be looking to raise the fare. Call me a consipiracy theorist, but like clockwork, train service gets abysmal whenever the MTA floats around a new fare hike. The thinking is that the complainers will wait around the platform and think "you know what, maybe they do need the money."
Ten or more minutes late on 3 of 5 LIRR trips into the city last week. Derailments, trains bumping into each other. I don't know if they choreographed that, but I wouldn't put it past them.
Like freaking clockwork.