MTA blames 'network communication issue' for suspension of subway lines, de Blasio calls it 'UNACCEPTABLE'

David Caplan
July 19, 2019 - 6:21 pm



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The MTA blamed a "network communication issue" for the suspension of several subway lines Friday night for more than 90 minutes, beginning around 6 p.m.

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Shortly after 7:30 p.m., the MTA announced that its computers were coming back on line and service would soon resume, but with delays. 

"The computer system that powers our signals in the A Division (the 1/2/3 and 4/5/6 lines) is starting to come back on line," the MTA tweeted. "We are focused on making sure all trains are properly positioned, and will gradually begin to restore service."

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and Grand Central-42 St S trains are suspended in both directions while we work to resolve a network communications issue that is affecting service," the MTA tweeted. "Passengers can see a station agent for a courtesy pass for continued bus or train service."

Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed the MTA, tweeting, "This kind of meltdown during a heat wave is UNACCEPTABLE. The MTA owes every single New Yorker an explanation for this. We've known about this dangerous weather for DAYS. There’s no excuse for why they aren't prepared."

He added that the NYPD has dispatched additional officers "to help manage the extreme crowding on platforms and in stations."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also slammed the agency, tweeting, "The subway has been in crisis for some time, and it’s clearly reaching a breaking point. People are supposed to be able to rely on public transit - esp during a heat wave. Robust, transparent public infrastructure investment is needed now more than ever. This can’t continue."

Kenneth Ferrone

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