Delays Continue after Power Outage Stalls Subways on Christmas Night

CBS 2 - December 26, 2016

by CBS News

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A power outage is causing service changes and delays on more than half a dozen subway lines Monday morning.

The MTA is reporting delays along the A, D, E, F, N, Q and R train lines due to a loss of power at the 7th Avenue stop.

Con Edison told CBS2 the outages started after a fire was reported at an electrical substation on 53rd Street near 7th Avenue, shutting down the third rail shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday night. According to Cod Edison, there were 50 percent gas readings in the area at that time, causing risk for an explosion.

Hundreds of passengers were trapped on the tracks on Christmas night. Without electricity, passengers were led to safety by MTA crew members, the FDNY and the NYPD, through dark tunnels and on to nearby platforms.

Riders stuck inside tunnels were also evacuated from stopped trains near the 34th Street, 7th Avenue at 53rd Street and 59th Street-Lexington Avenue stations.

Con Edison and the FDNY say they are working on the issue and trains are safe for travel Monday morning.