Friday, 21 July, 2017

NJ Transit and LIRR Commuters: What Are You Seeing Monday?

“A” interlocking tracks set for repair this summer at Penn Station “A” interlocking tracks set for repair this summer at Penn Station
Jerome Frank | 11 July, 2017, 00:50

Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker called on the Trump administration to honor that commitment at a news conference near the spot on Manhattan's west side Monday where preliminary work has already begun.

The construction is expected to last about eight weeks and will affect the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak.

Train service reductions and schedule changes will force travelers from New Jersey and Long Island to find alternative routes into the city, including buses, ferries and cars. "Delays are rising, service is declining, and New Yorkers are frustrated like never before".

Even on a good day, New York City's Pennsylvania Station barely works. Sort of 'It is what it is.

"We're pleased with what we saw", he said. "A lot of our region's economy is dependent on commuters".

Despite a little crowding on some trains, most NJ TRANSIT riders arriving at Penn Station had no complaints about the morning commute.

"It was crowded", she said.

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

This summer's planned fix work is taking three of Penn Station's 21 tracks out of commission for the next eight weeks. The terminal serves 600,000 riders a day. Amid increasing derailments and delays due to aging infrastructure, Amtrak announced earlier this summer it would need to shut down several tracks at the station in order to make critical safety improvements. Without a new tunnel, rail service would be reduced by an estimated 75 percent, from 24 trains to six during peak periods.

"This is negligence on their part". "I felt bad for the regular people who had to stand".

Delays at Penn Station have become routine after a series of derailments, highlighting the urgency of the track repairs. More buses will be added from Hoboken as well.

The appalling commuting conditions have stoked criticism of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for canceling a new Hudson River rail tunnel project soon after taking office in 2010, saying the cost to his state was too high.

The commuter crunch highlights lagging investment in US infrastructure, and especially in New York City, which is dependent on mass transit. Said reroutings will likely increase subway congestion at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and Hunters Point in Queens-a ripple effect that will impact subway commuters now burdened with their own set of service-related woes", Gothamist reported.

The repairs will improve reliability, but they won't add capacity or ease overcrowding at Penn Station.

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