Recent power cuts have disrupted half of New York City’s subway system for several hours, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded, according to an investigation released Friday.
Outside investigators investigating the disruption on the night of August 29 said there was a “strong possibility” that the button was accidentally pressed because a plastic guard designed to prevent accidental activation was missing, a pair of reports released by New York Gov. According to Kathy Hochul.
The unprecedented breakdown affected more than 80 trains, causing a blackout on a vast transit system that has since been flooded by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Hochul ordered a thorough review of the Operations Control Centers at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to identify and fix potential vulnerabilities.
“The people of New York deserve full confidence in a fully functioning subway system, and it is our job to restore that trust,” Hochul said in a statement.
The breakdown affected the numbered lines of the metro system and the L train for several hours, which began shortly after 9 p.m. that Sunday. Officials said the delay in resumption of services was because passengers of the two stranded trains left on the tracks instead of waiting for the rescue team.
At 8:25 p.m. the button was pushed after a power loss lasting several milliseconds and it was later discovered that several pieces of mechanical equipment at the New York City Transit Rail Control Center had stopped working.
Control center staff worked to get the equipment back into service. Then someone pressed the emergency button, due to which all the electrical equipment connected to one of the power distribution units in the center went out at 9:06 pm, according to reports, power was restored by 10:30 pm.
Officials attributed the loss of power on failure to restore power for 84 minutes to human error and inadequate organizational structure and lack of guidelines.
MTA Acting President and CEO Jano Lieber said the agency will immediately reorganize how it maintains and manages the key systems supporting the control center.
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