July 18, 2006

Subway service shut down in parts of New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morning rush-hour subway service was
shut down in busy sections of New York on Tuesday due to a
power failure, according to the city's subway agency.

Service on the west side of Manhattan and in the borough of
Brooklyn was disrupted from about 9:30 a.m. because there was
no power to the signals, said New York City Transit.

Specifically, service on the No. 1 train was shut down
south of 137th Street in Manhattan to its terminus at South
Ferry, the No. 2 train was running on the east side of
Manhattan instead of its normal western route and all service
on the No. 3 train from Manhattan to Brooklyn was suspended.

There was no immediate explanation for why the power
failed, Transit said.

On Monday, a power failure stalled a subway train in
Queens, leaving dozens of passengers stranded in the summer
heat on an elevated track for nearly two hours.

The city's subway system carries some 4.7 million
passengers on a typical weekday.

New Yorkers have been on alert during this week's heat
wave, fearing a repeat of the massive 2003 blackout.