A contractor working on a new portion of the Metro accidentally struck an electrical cable and briefly disrupted power to 2,000 customers, mostly offices and businesses, in the downtown area early today.
Peggy Mulloy, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., said the outage occurred about 6:45 a.m. when a Metro construction worker struck a cable at Market Place and Baltimore Street.
The power was returned to most offices within 30 minutes, and power was restored to all customers by 9 a.m., Mulloy said.
The outages affected mostly the Mount Vernon area, where traffic signals and power at the University of Baltimore, Baltimore Life and the Baltimore Sun buildings went out. Auxiliary services at Pennsylvania Station also were affected, but train service continued to run as scheduled.