Subway service nightmare: Power outage cause systemwide delays but evening rush looks better

Posted at 9:24 AM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 21:36:16-04

MANHATTAN — A power outage at a Manhattan train station caused systemwide delays Friday, creating a morning commute nightmare for riders that lasted well past rush hour.

The problems began about 7:30 a.m. Temporary generators were brought in and crews were on the scene working to fix the issue.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the MTA said service had resumed on all lines.

Still, residual problems are lingering. Trains are bypassing the Seventh Av-53rd St station on the B, D and E lines and some escalators are still out of service, the agency said.

Riders should expect delays, some of them extensive, in A, B, C, D, E, F, J, M, N, Q and R train service in both directions.

A Con Edison power issue had cut electricity at the Seventh Ave-53rd St station, affecting signals, according to an MTA spokesman. That problem sparked service suspensions and changes, and extensive delays on lines citywide.

"We’re working jointly with the MTA to make repairs to underground equipment serving the subway system," Con Edison said in a statement Friday afternoon. "We will work with the MTA to complete the repairs as expeditiously as possible."

As an alternative, commuters should use N, W, R or 7 train service to and from Manhattan, the agency said.

LIRR is cross-honoring at Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside and Penn Station.

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