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Penn Station Construction Begins Today, Triggering Delays for Commuters

11 July 2017, 12:51 | Rex Hubbard

Penn Station Construction Begins Today, Triggering Delays for Commuters

Penn Station Construction Begins Today, Triggering Delays for Commuters

He says almost all the passengers getting off NJ Transit trains were flooding into the same PATH entrance, leaving a second one much less crowded.

For complete info on service changes at Penn Station, visit NJ Transit, LIRR or Amtrak.

Sens. Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker spoke Monday near the spot on Manhattan's west side where preliminary work has already begun.

"The test - the second piece of this is tonight", said Charles Ingoglia, an NJ Transit spokesman said.

Extra buses that ran from Newark Broad Street, South Orange, Maplewood and Summit train stations in the morning will not run in the evening, meaning commuters need to find a different way home, he said.

The station, owned by Amtrak, moved up the repairs after a year of derailments and sewer issues interfered with the station's operations.

All tolls on major commuting crossings are also cashless. When it's completed, rail riders will benefit from increased reliability from the up-to-date equipment in and around the station, but could still fall prey to other problems, such as electrical wire failures in the tunnel between NY and New Jersey, and signal and track problems in northern New Jersey east of Newark.

Speaking Monday morning, MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said, so far, "everything has been on time" and "working according to plan".

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The construction is due to stretch until early September and some New Jersey commuters are facing the decision of how they will face their new routes.

The LIRR is also adding two extra cars to all trains, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering LIRR riders free subway rides from the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and the Gov. Andrew Cuomo suspended all non-emergency road work on state roads from 5 10 p.m. for the next two months to help alleviate traffic from added commuters driving into the city.

Service has been stepped up by trains, buses and ferries in anticipation of the busier commute.

Penn Station, which Amtrak took over in the 1970s, handles twice as many daily train movements, about 1,300, as it did then.

NJ Transit executive director Steve Santoro says this "will not be a normal commute".

In response to the issues, PATH is adding enough trains so that one will arrive every five minutes. The repairs are expected to last almost two months and to include the closure of a handful of tracks.

The day of reckoning has come for rail commuters into New York City. 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.

"Compared to Europe, I feel like we're living in the Third World", said Mark Van Wagner, an artist and art dealer who takes the Long Island Rail Road from Bellport, New York.

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