Subway commuters rail on MTA as rush-hour snafu cripples service

Subway signals lost power, throwing much of morning rush hour service into chaos.

Malfunctioning electrical cables near the 7th Ave-53rd St. station around 8 a.m. nixed service on the B line, while D trains had to be rerouted, causing rippling delays on nearly a dozen letter lines.

MTA blamed the malfunction on a “Con Ed loss of power.”

Con Ed spokesman Bob McGee said that its electrical crews are working with the MTA’s team to find out exactly whose equipment failed.

Frustrated commuters took the opportunity to lash out at the MTA for the painful Friday morning commute, complaining of delays and packed trains.

“The @MTA started the weekend early, I guess? Power outage at 53rd & everything is crazy,” one commuter, @onsugarhill, wrote on Twitter.

“It took me an hour and 20 mins to go one stop, give up, find my way out of this mob, then walk back home @MTA,” wrote Liz Baker, @lizabeth—baker.

By noon, B and D service was back up but heavily delayed in both directions.


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