Power Outage at Manhattan Subway Station Causes Massive Delays

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

An hours-long power outage at the subway station at 7th Avenue and 53rd Street in Manhattan caused massive delays and is affecting service on a dozen New York City subway lines.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the power went out around 7:30 a.m. Friday at the station. Con Edison and transit crews are working to determine what triggered the outage that made for a disastrous morning commute. Passengers were initially stranded on trains. Stations were packed. A passenger from Brooklyn told WCBS his 30-minute commute took two hours today.

The MTA said the situation was the “result of a Con Edison power issue.” But utility spokesman Bob McGee said that the cause hadn’t been pinpointed and that Con Edison isn’t the only power source there. McGee said no work was being done before the outage and there were no “obvious problems” in Con Edison’s system.

The MTA says that there are extensive delays on the A, B, C, D, E, F, G, J, M, N, Q, and R lines.

Travel updates are available at the MTA website at http://www.mta.info/status/subway/BDFM/24879840

Updated Friday, April 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm