NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Commuters faced subway service changes and street closures after an pipe bomb exploded in a terror-related incident during the heart of the morning rush Monday near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The device was apparently being carried by a 27-year-old man when it exploded around 7:15 a.m. in an underground passageway between Seventh and Eighth Avenues on 42nd Street near Times Square and Port Authority Bus Terminal, authorities said. The suspect, who has been identified as Akayed Ullah, and at least five other people were injured. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “an attempted terrorist attack.”
The incident essentially put Manhattan on lockdown, initially shutting down major several roads across the city including the West Side Highway.
As a result of the incident 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains were bypassing 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal for several hours.
The MTA reopened the 42nd Street subway station at 2 p.m., but the passageway from the A, C,E lines to the 1,2,3, N,Q,R,W and 7 lines remains closed.
For the latest service changes, visit the MTA website.
NJ TRANSIT bus service resumed normal service into New York City after the Port Authority Bus Terminal reopened around 9:30 a.m. Buses were being diverted to Newark, Secaucus and Hoboken, where passengers could take trains or PATH into the city.
NJ TRANSIT will continue to cross-honor bus tickets until midnight. Ferries will accept bus tickets until 8 p.m.
PATH is no longer cross-honoring, but will add extra train service for the evening rush.