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Port Authority Bus Terminal Air Conditioning Not Working After Blackout; Con Ed Issues New Apology

Con Edison engineers and planners are looking into what happened at a substation on Saturday evening that caused the blackout

What to Know

  • A Manhattan power outage left plenty of lingering questions and calls for investigations on Sunday
  • The blackout stretched 30 blocks from Times Square to the Upper West Side for about four hours
  • In a statement Sunday, Con Ed said it would be conducting "a diligent and vigorous investigation" to figure out the cause of the blackout"

Commuters should expect a warm arrival at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The Port Authority says the terminal's air conditioning system was not fully online early Monday following Saturday's power outage that left parts of Manhattan in the dark for several hours. The agency says the temperature in the terminal will be "much warmer than normal." 

The Port Authority says it's working to fix the problem. 

Saturday's blackout affected more than 70,000 people for up to five hours along a 40-block stretch that included Times Square to 72nd Street and Broadway, and spreading to Rockefeller Center. A cause remains under investigation, though authorities said fairly early it was not thought to be related to a heat-related surge.

In an updated statement Sunday, Con Edison said it "sincerely regrets" the disruption and vowed to conduct a "diligent and vigorous investigation to determine the root cause of the incident." 

At this point, the utility describes a "significant electrical transmission disturbance" that occurred at 6:47 p.m. Saturday that impacted multiple circuits in the area, leading to the loss of service for tens of thousands of people. 

"Over the next several days and weeks, our engineers and planners will carefully examine the data and equipment performance relating to this event, and will share our findings with regulators and the public," the statement said. "We applaud the work of all emergency responders and our employees who helped restore power swiftly and keep the public safe. We also commend the patience and understanding of all New Yorkers who remained calm and poised during this incident."

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