MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim announced during today’s LIRR committee meeting that the railroad will be freezing all payments to Amtrak.
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.
Today, Amtrak announced more details regarding its upcoming Penn Station repair program, which is set to begin in about a month.
In a recent story, Marc Santora of the New York Times explored why the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, is controlled by the State of New York, instead of more local jurisdictions like New York City. What that article exposed is the fundamental flaw that is holding back the region’s transportation infrastructure: the MTA itself.
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.
Both the State of New York, and its Metropolitan Transportation Authority, seem to be running out of patience with Amtrak.