Power Failure Cuts Subway Service on Part of 7 Line

By Julie Shapiro on February 19, 2013 6:46pm | Updated on February 19, 2013 9:38pm

 A 7 train approaches 40th Street station in Sunnyside Friday morning, Dec. 28, 2012.
A 7 train approaches 40th Street station in Sunnyside Friday morning, Dec. 28, 2012.
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QUEENS — A power failure left part of the 7 line without service during rush hour Tuesday evening, officials said.

The power outage occurred just before 4:45 p.m. and briefly suspended subway service along the entire 7 line, from Times Square-42nd Street to Flushing-Main Street, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

By 5:15 p.m., the MTA had resumed limited service between Times Square and 74th Street-Broadway, but it took until about 8:30 p.m. to resume service between 74th Street and Flushing-Main Street, the MTA said. 

It was not immediately clear where the power outage occurred, but it involved an issue with the machinery that powers the subway's signals and electrified third rail, the MTA said. Maintenance workers were examining the equipment to find the part that needed to be repaired, the MTA said at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Before service was restored Tuesday evening, the MTA was running shuttle buses between 74th Street and Flushing-Main Street, and the Long Island Rail Road was cross-honoring MetroCards, officials said.

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