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Power Outage Halts A, B, C, D Service During Friday Morning Commute

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority it's fixed a problem that cut power to several lines Thursday night and again Friday morning, but the power outages caused numerous headaches for stranded commuters. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is blaming an errant piece of track equipment for shutting down stretches of four subway lines and stalling trains in the tunnels with hundreds of riders on board.

"When you get one breakdown in New York, everything falls apart," said one rider. "Even once is too much, you know?"

But it happened twice, Thursday night and Friday morning. In both cases, the agency says equipment known as a plate came into contact with the third rail. It was at a different spot each time, but the effect was the same: power was knocked out on the A, B, C and D lines from Columbus Circle to 125th Street. It also knocked out the subway signals.

The agency says it's all fixed now. Still, some riders, being New Yorkers, are skeptical.

"This is an ongoing problem, and the MTA is running on a 105-year-old system," said one rider. "I mean, they update everything but the things we need."

A pregnant woman who was on board one of the stuck trains was taken to an area hospital, where she was treated for heat exhaustion. Other passengers simply had to deal with with headaches on the commute.

"Due to unexpected delays, the uptown and downtown trains will be delayed. That's all we heard," said one rider.

At one point, the B and C lines were entirely down, with one woman's commute on the A being interrupted in Brooklyn.

"They told us to get off," she said. "From there, we had to transfer to two to three trains just for me to get uptown."

The stuck trains were moved to Columbus Circle, where passengers were allowed to escape onto the platform.

"At 59th Street, we had to walk in between cars to get off on the platform, which only one car was allowed to enter the station," said one rider.

By early Friday afternoon ,service was back to normal. The MTA says it should stay that way.

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