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Transit officials: NYC subway service now ‘fairly normal’

Commuters crowd the subway platform along the R and W train tracks at the Jay Street/Metro Tech station in the Brooklyn borough of New York during a delay in the morning rush hour service Friday, April 21, 2017. Con Edison and transit crews were working to determine what triggered an hours-long power outage that caused major subway delays. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the power went out around 7:30 a.m., at 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike)

NEW YORK (AP) — A Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman says New York City subway service is “fairly normal” following an hourslong power outage that caused major delays.

Kevin Ortiz says an MTA generator restored signal power around 11:30 a.m. Friday and residual delays cleared up by the afternoon.

Trains still had to bypass the station at Seventh Avenue and 53rd Street in Manhattan, where the power went out around 7:30 a.m.

Con Edison says one of its electrical lines triggered the outage. Spokesman Allan Drury says it’s not clear how long the repairs will take or how the failure occurred.

Ortiz said some passengers were stranded on trains.

Some cars were dark except for phone lights and some riders say their commutes took two or three hours. Stations were packed.

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