Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Amtrak Will Scale Back Service During Summer Repairs To Penn Station

Amtrak Will Scale Back Service During Summer Repairs To Penn Station Amtrak Will Scale Back Service During Summer Repairs To Penn Station
Nellie Chapman | 31 May, 2017, 04:18

Commuters faced westbound delays averaging 30 minutes into Penn Station.

The LIRR is giving Tuesday morning commuters a taste of the Mondays, with widespread delays reported on trains bound for Penn Station.

For its Keystone Service in Pennsylvania, three roundtrips between NY to Harrisburg will begin and end in Philadelphia.

In what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dubbed the "summer of agony", major disruptions are expected for riders as Amtrak replaces switches and rails in New York's Penn Station. The agency announced the summer fix project in April after two derailments and other major service disruptions highlighted the station's aging infrastructure.

The railroad's premium Acela service will be unchanged, as will all service between NY and Boston.

Long-Distance Service: The Crescent, operating between New York City and New Orleans, will originate and terminate in Washington, D.C. daily during work period. Riders are fuming because NJ Transit's popular Morris & Essex Midtown Direct line will be diverted during the fix program to Hoboken, where ferries and alternate train lines connect to Manhattan.

The Penn Station project is separate from a massive plan to build a new tunnel under the Hudson River connecting NY and New Jersey to replace an existing 110-year-old tunnel that is a source of regular delays due to overhead wire problems. The major work will require Amtrak and its partners to operate on a modified schedule from July 10 - September 1, 2017.

NYC Transit cross-honored fares on the E and 7 subway lines.

It was the latest in a litany of woes for LIRR and New Jersey Transit commuters who use Penn Station.

There has been an nearly 3 million passenger increase in just over 10 years.

It also wasn't immediately clear how many people were on board the commuter train.

Amtrak Social Media: Amtrak's blog and social media accounts will provide service updates, program progress and a behind-the-scenes look at the work happening.

Amtrak did not immediately have more information about the power issue.

New York Penn Station: There will be additional signage, announcements and station ambassadors on hand to answer customer inquiries.