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MTA: Power outages plaguing all subway lines

by Benjamin Kabak
A bad look.

A bad look.

Updated (10:25 p.m.): A cryptic message recently appeared on the MTA’s website: “Due to a temporary power loss system wide, expect delays on all lines. Allow additional travel time.” It’s not exactly clear what subways, if any, are running or how this power loss is having an impact on service. I’ve reached out to the agency for more details, and here’s their statement:

Con Ed had a minor power outage that caused signal problems in the subway system. As a result, a number of trains pulled emergency brakes. Power was restored in less than 5 minutes, and there’s some residual delays from that. No injuries, no major delays, no stalled trains.

I can’t recall the last full-fledged power outage in the subway. Was it during the 2003 blackout? I did notice the lights in my office flicker at around the same time. Anyway, allow additional travel time, but it seems as though the problem is on its way to resolution as power was restored nearly 50 minutes ago at this point.

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3 comments

Alex June 18, 2014 - 10:47 am

My D train went BIE on the Manhattan Bridge at 9:45, but we were only stopped about 10 minutes. I was up to Columbus Circle by 10:15.

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Matthias June 19, 2014 - 11:33 am

How is a system-wide power outage even possible? I thought the grid was a lot more diversified. Apparently it didn’t affect the city at all outside of the subway.

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BoerumHillScott June 19, 2014 - 11:36 am

I know of a number of people across the city who had momentary power blips at that time, include a couple with computers and other electronics that restarted.

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