Riders deal with delays, power problems and MTA issues

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- It has been a long day.

During the morning rush on Monday, MetroCard Vending Machines at about 100 stations went off line. It was attributed to a communications problem from a cell carrier. By late afternoon, the connection problem was resolved.

Signal problems plagued subway riders all day traveling between Queens and Manhattan.

Into the evening, the 7 train was running with delays in both directions. The problems were linked to a signal problem at Grand Central-42nd St. The MTA did not explain the specifics. There is an investigation.

The MTA reports signals woes at Queensboro Plaza and a power problem involving Con Edison resulted in delays along the Astoria line. Service has resumed along the N and Q trains.

The age of the system is often blamed for delays and mechanical issues.

Other lines have had issues and the system takes some time to catch up. Click HERE for the latest.

The MetroCard vending machines are prone to problems. The technology and machines are more than 20 years old. The transit agency is currently working on the next-generation MetroCard.

Riders tell PIX11's Greg Mocker about machines that are not working. He's watching one at a bus stop in Astoria at 77th Street along the M60 route. Riders say they have called it in and Mocker has reported it to 511.