Smooth Sailing on the First Morning of Penn Station Track Repairs
11 July, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Kelly Sanders
Passengers on the train, No. 3276 on the North Jersey Coast Line, said they felt it rock and then come to a halt in the Hudson River Tunnel leading into Penn Station.
The LIRR urged riders to visit their new website, lirrsummerschedule.com, to help commuters navigate the changes.
All three canceled some services, rerouted others, and warned travelers to expect delays throughout the duration of the repairs, which began on Monday and are scheduled to be done September 1. The 35-year-old says everybody's just bumping into each other, pushing each other to get to their destination. "As you can see it's pretty bad over here".
Commuters exit New York's Pennsylvania Station, the nation's busiest train hub, which will be closing tracks for repairs and causing massive disruptions to commuters in New York City, U.S., July 9, 2017.
A massive two-month fix project, dubbed the "Summer of Hell", launches today at the busiest train station in the United States, and Hudson Valley rail commuters used to regular delays and service disruptions are bracing for the worst.
Delays at Penn Station have become routine after a series of derailments, highlighting the urgency of the track repairs.
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For several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit - as well as Amtrak passengers who ride between Boston and Washington, D.C. - the Penn Station work means fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures to accommodate repairs. "Some of the buses are filling up, the ferries are working well, and our trains are all on time".
The LIRR is adding train cars to try and serve as many people as possible and is urging riders to switch to subways in Brooklyn and Queens. About one out of every five commuter trains will be canceled or stop before reaching Manhattan.
The repairs are expected to last through August.
Commuting around NY is getting more impossible by the minute.
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 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.
Commuters are advised to sign up for MTA alerts, buy tickets ahead of time and travel closer to the start or end of rush hour to avoid crowds.
"The morning rush hour is going according to plan", said Lhota, who slipped onto a train from Jamaica to Atlantic Terminal around 8 a.m.
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