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7 Train Service Fully Restored After Signal Problem Suspends Trains During Evening Rush

A subway train at 42nd Street - Times Square - Jan. 28, 2013 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

FILE – A subway train (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Subway service on the 7 line has resumed after a power failure suspended service during the evening rush on Tuesday.

Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the entire 7 line was shut down in both directions from Manhattan to Queens after a power outage caused signal problems throughout the line.

“The 7 is the worst train on Earth,” said rider Gyste Kola. Every day, problems.”

Many straphangers have been upset with the 7 train since late December when the MTA decided to shut down service between Queensboro Plaza and 42nd Street-Times Square from 11:45 p.m. Fridays until 5 a.m. Mondays every weekend for 13 weeks.

The MTA said it realizes service disruptions are an inconvenience, but the agency said the move is necessary to modernize and improve the system.

Starting March 1, the MTA will hike the price of subway tickets. Single ride and monthly unlimited passes will both go up.

“For me, a monthly (pass) from $104 to $112. I’d like to see some changes,” said Luis Barrera of Jackson Heights.

Commuters will also have to pay a $1 fee for getting a new MetroCard, rather than refilling an old one.