At a press conference on Monday morning, the MTA unveiled its summer service plans for Long Island Rail Road commuters who will be adversely affected by Amtrak’s “summer of hell” Penn Station repair program. The LIRR announced its plans a week after New Jersey Transit and Amtrak released their schedules.
This afternoon, New Jersey Transit released its updated summer schedules, for use between July 10 and September 1.
In a hearing on Wednesday, officials from numerous transit agencies, including New Jersey Transit and Amtrak, were questioned by New Jersey lawmakers about the upcoming “summer of hell” due to Amtrak’s aggressive Penn Station repair program.
Today, Amtrak announced more details regarding its upcoming Penn Station repair program, which is set to begin in about a month.
With Amtrak’s summer repair program at Penn Station looming, many are suggesting that Amtrak divert some of its train routes to Grand Central Terminal. However, there are many limitations that stand in front of this proposal.
On Friday afternoon, top New Jersey lawmakers probing the recent commuting delays toured New York Penn Station with New Jersey Transit and Amtrak officials. The legislators included those from New Jersey’s Senate Legislative Oversight and Assembly Judiciary Committees, led by Assemblyman John McKeon and State Senator Bob Gordon.
In a joint letter sent out late Thursday night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the privatization of Penn Station and its operations.