Am­trak Com­pletes Re­pairs & Re­sumes Reg­u­lar Ser­vice at Penn

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: He­len Zaboulani

On Thurs­day Au­gust 31st, Am­trak an­nounced the com­ple­tion of re­pairs at NYC’s Penn Sta­tion which has shifted train sched­ules and rerouted thou­sands of rid­ers for the past two months. “This ac­cel­er­ated work was an enor­mous un­der­tak­ing,” said Am­trak co-chief ex­ec­u­tive Wick Moor­man in a state­ment. “We did it on time, on bud­get, and most im­por­tantly, safely.”

Nor­mal ser­vice will re­sume on Tues­day into and out of Penn Sta­tion’s Am­trak, New Jersey Tran­sit and the Long Is­land Rail Road, fol­low­ing in­con­ve­niences that led commuters and Gov. Chris Christie to la­bel the re­pair pe­riod the “sum­mer of hell”. Be­gin­ning on July 10, Am­trak closed three tracks and re­duced 25 per­cent of New Jersey Tran­sit ser­vice to Penn Sta­tion to ac­cel­er­ate re­pairs, as re­ported by the Ob­server. NJ Tran­sit rid­ers were forced to use the Mor­ris and Es­sex line to stop at Hobo­ken in­stead of New York, with roughly 7,500 commuters switch­ing trains, tak­ing buses or ferry rides to get into NYC. “We thank pas­sen­gers for their pa­tience and flex­i­bil­ity, and our com­muter part­ners, lo­cal gov­ern­ments and the states for their col­lab­o­ra­tion this sum­mer,” Moor­man said. “This sum­mer’s work and sup­port from our part­ners will re­sult in greater re­li­a­bil­ity in the fu­ture.”

Am­trak’s work on the na­tion’s busiest train hub was ded­i­cated to re­build­ing a mul­ti­fac­eted web of tracks, which routes in­com­ing and out­go­ing trains from the Hud­son River tun­nel and the Long Is­land Rail Road’s West Side Yard. Over the past five months three de­rail­ments tran­spired on those tracks, due to the sta­tion’s an­ti­quated in­fra­struc­ture, lead­ing to the re­pairs. As per Am­trak, the job en­tailed track and switch re­place­ment em­ploy­ing roughly 360 Am­trak work­ers to in­stall 897 track ties, 1,100 feet of rails, 1,000 tons of bal­last, seven switches, four com­plex di­a­mond cross­ings and 176 yards of con­crete.

Am­trak of­fi­cials say there is more re­pair work on the way, in­clud­ing up­grades to Penn Sta­tion re­strooms and wait­ing ar­eas. Those jobs, how­ever, will be done on nights and week­ends so as not to dis­rupt ser­vice for commuters.

Am­trak’s work on the na­tion’s busiest train hub was ded­i­cated to re­build­ing a mul­ti­fac­eted web of tracks, which routes in­com­ing and out­go­ing trains from the Hud­son River tun­nel and the Long Is­land Rail Road’s West Side Yard.

Am­trak an­nounced the com­ple­tion of re­pairs at NYC’s Penn Sta­tion which has shifted train sched­ules and rerouted thou­sands of rid­ers for the past two months

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