Legislative Hearing Set for Tenth Day of 'Summer of Hell' Repairs

Bryan Strickland
July 11, 2017

From service cancellations to rerouting to more riders on less New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road rains, it is sure to be a hellish two months indeed as Amtrak shuts down three of Penn Station's 21 tracks at a time for fix work.

Penn Station, which Amtrak took over in the 1970s, handles twice as many daily train movements, about 1,300, as it did then. The work was initially scheduled for nights and weekends over a few years, but two recent derailments and other problems that spotlighted the station's aging infrastructure convinced Amtrak to accelerate the work schedule.

As per the Fire Department of NY which is better known as FDNY, who made a statement on the incident occurred in the Manhattan area on a late evening, where a vehicle from a New Jersey train was derailed which was carrying about 100 people on board.

William Henderson, director of the watchdog group Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, predicted Monday that the "summer of hell" routine will take a few days to settle in.

Getting home may be even more hard, because none of the Morris and Essex trains will depart from Penn Station.

Displaced riders will be given access to added ferry routes and buses, but Governor Cuomo has called for an end to all non-essential roadwork in order to clear the roads for the increased number of people driving to work.

The long-deferred track work cuts four daily weekday trains in each direction between D.C. and NY, but it maintains all scheduled Acela Express service.

Amtrak has begun extensive repairs Monday to tracks and signals in Penn Station which it owns and operates. Monday morning's rush got off to a slow start without
Related Image Expand Collapse Amtrak workers began to repair tracks in New York's Penn Station on Monday July 10

Amtrak also is reducing the number of trains it runs between NY and Washington and diverting some trains from Albany across town to Grand Central Terminal. "Everybody's just bumping into each other, pushing each other, to get to their destination".

NJ Transit also is checking commuter reports on Twitter and making minor adjustments based on comments and suggestions, Ingoglia said. "We have to survive, '" Codey said.

Asked if her clients were anxious about the travel disruptions, she said, "We're all living in the United States of Anxiety".

Road construction will be suspended near New York City to ease traffic congestion during Penn Station repairs, Gov. Cuomo announced Sunday. "I felt bad for the regular people who had to stand".

Booker said it's time for Trump to "put up or shut up".

New Jersey Transit spokesman Charles Ingoglia (ihn-GOH'-lee-uh) says the agency would like to think it's quiet because "a lot of people did their homework".

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