As Con Edison grappled with a widespread power outage in Manhattan on Saturday night, the MTA dealt with numerous subway disruptions that impacted Queens residents.
More than 42,000 customers on the West Side of Manhattan lost power on the afternoon of July 13. Power was finally restored before midnight.
During the outage, the MTA reported limited service on the 7 Line between Manhattan in Queens, and that all subway lines running were being impacted by the outage. They urged commuters to use buses as alternate routes.
As of 9:15 p.m., the MTA reported good service on just four lines in its subway system: the J line (which runs between Lower Manhattan and Jamaica), the G train (which doesn’t cross the East River), the Franklin Street Shuttle in Brooklyn and the Rockaway Park Shuttle.
For all the other lines, passengers experienced widespread delays, the MTA tweeted.
Because all lines are sharing the local track on the West Side and East Side, trains are running slower than you might expect.
Continue to consider local bus service, if possible. (2/2)
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) July 14, 2019
The Long Island Rail Road was not impacted and cross-honored MetroCards at the Woodside, Flushing, Willets Point, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Jamaica stops.
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted that there was a “major disturbance” at a substation which may have triggered the outage. He said that the outage covered an area of Manhattan generally bounded by West 71st Street on the north, West 14th Street on the south, West End Avenue on the west and Sixth Avenue on the east.
Ironically, the outage occurred on the 42nd anniversary of the infamous 1977 blackout.
This story was updated on July 14 at 9:05 a.m.