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MTA New York City Transit Restores Full A, B, C, and D service

Crews from various NYC Transit Department of Subways Divisions worked late into the night and into the early hours this morning to restore service on the A, B, C, and D lines after yesterday's massive water main break at 106th Street and Central Park West.
Full service was restored to all tracks shortly before 5:00 a.m.

Photo showing water being pumped out of the system
Photo Credit: Lenny Wiggins, NYC Transit

Using portable pumps, crews were successful in removing water three to ten feet deep along the tracks stretching from the 103rd Street station to 125th Street. Crews also replaced approximately 30 motorized signal stop arms that were damaged by the water. A massive clean-up of mud and debris was done, while Tracks and third rails were power-washed. Work trains were called into service to remove debris as it was collected and bagged.

The damage to tracks, signals and other components forced a full suspension in B and C service for most of yesterday. And suspended service between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and 168th Street.

The water main break occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday at 106th Street and Central Park West with reports indicating that the ruptured 36-inch water main was nearly 100 years old. Maintainers responded quickly and discovered eight to ten feet of water in the system between 103rd Street and 110th Street and nearly four feet of water as far north as 125th Street. Pumps located in the 125th Street Station were able to move about 6,000 gallons of water per minute out of the system.