New York City Train Service Disrupted One Day After MTA Recommends Massive Job Cuts

Thousands of passengers got stuck on sweltering subway platforms Friday afternoon as several train lines were suspended in both directions in New York City.

As temperatures reached the 90s, computer glitches cut off communication signals that power the "A Station," which contains train lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Train service came to a stop while many trains were stuck on the track between stations during rush hour. The shuttle connecting Times Square to Grand Central was also suspended.

Most lines had been restored and returned to normal service by 8 p.m. local time. But some delays remained.

The service glitch comes one day after a report of consultants for Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) recommending the agency to cut 2,700 jobs to generate an additional $530 million in revenue, according to Spectrum News (NY1) in New York.

The reorganization plan suggests a massive overhaul that includes New York City Transit and Long Island Railroad. Though layoffs are possible under the plan proposed by consulting firm Alix Partners, a large part of the job cuts would be to simply not fill any vacancies.

The MTA board will meet next week to decide whether or not to adopt the plan.

Meanwhile, thousands of passengers and would-be passengers sweated out what was called a "subway meltdown" by many on social media.

"If you are on a train in between stations, please remain on your train and listen for crew instructions. We are working as quickly as possible to bring customers into stations safely," MTA tweeted.

MTA told Pix 11 in New York that passengers stuck on trains had air conditioning as the power still worked on the trains.

Passengers tweeting from the trains said differently, though. One passenger said he could see the platform, and that "we're roasting."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, said a shutdown of service during a heat wave is "completely unacceptable."

"This kind of meltdown during a heat wave is UNACCEPTABLE," the mayor tweeted. "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."

The communication breakdown comes less than a week after the Con Edison power outage in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side.

The temperature is forecast to reach 99 degrees in New York City on Saturday, 98 degrees on Sunday and the high 80s most of next week.

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Subway riders wait on a train platform for an uptown 1 train. Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images
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