Penn Station Construction Begins Today, Triggering Delays for Commuters

Penn Station Construction Begins Today, Triggering Delays for Commuters

Penn Station Construction Begins Today, Triggering Delays for Commuters

Commuters, including tourists and financiers, had their first taste of the "summer of hell" on Monday, facing extended delays as fix work began on railway lines into New York City's Pennsylvania Station, the busiest passenger train hub for the business capital of the United States.

During the work, New York City area commuters will face major delays due to significant reductions in commuter rail service on New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad.

Another way they can cope is by sharing their grief and horror stories on social media, and that they did.

He said that he was pleasantly surprised, but that the changes that diverted all of the trains on NJ Transit's Morris and Essex Line were stretching Hoboken's capacity to the limit.

Rail commuters into New York City are facing new routines as Amtrak begins extensive repairs to tracks and signals in Penn Station.

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

"A lot of confusion and too many people gathered in one space", said Lex Marshall, 35, of Morristown.

State Governor Andrew Cuomo had predicted the partial shutdown at New York's Pennsylvania Station would cause a "summer of hell" for the 600,000 who ride the train in and out of the station beneath Madison Square Garden. "Some of the buses are filling up, the ferries are working well, and our trains are all on time". "As you can see it's pretty bad over here".

Penn Station Construction Begins Today, Triggering Delays for Commuters

MTA Interim Executive Director Veronique Hakim said the MTA is understanding of people's' concerns.

In response to the issues, PATH is adding enough trains so that one will arrive every five minutes.

In a survey aimed at illustrating the financial hardship caused by the city's subway system, almost 75 percent of respondents blamed trains for their late arrival at work during the last three months, while 13 percent said they'd been docked wages.

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 schedule.

Several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit will have to contend with fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures in Penn Station.

But he conceded that the evening rush could be more dramatic, as commuters tend to travel out of the city in a tighter time window.

"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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