Partial Power Outage at Grand Central; Service Unaffected

NEW YORK -

A partial power outage hit Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal on Monday morning, but train service is not affected, according to local media reports.

The outage was caused by water hitting a transformer.

The power outage affected the lower level, but trains – which are on a holiday schedule due to Presidents Day – have been running on the upper level, and overall service has not been affected. PIX 11 reported that there were sporadic outages earlier in the morning on the upper level as well.

The outages meant that some shops and ticket machines were down, and travelers were forced to walk through darkened corridors.

Also, only the main entrance to the terminal is open; police blocked off all other doors. By 11 a.m., power had been restored to the main lobby, but the Lexington Avenue and Vanderbilt corridors were still dark, and nobody was allowed downstairs, reported PIX 11.