MTA boss optimistic about Penn Station delays, disruptions

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NEW YORK — New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota remains optimistic about service levels during New York Penn Station’s summer work curfews, New York newspaper The Island Now reports.

The newspaper cites Lhota saying that the agency will be as vigilant as possible during the near two-month work window in which Amtrak, commuter, and rail transit systems are operating on modified schedules due to track closures within Penn Station.

During a Monday teleconference, the newspaper reports that Lhota said commuters have adapted quickly to schedule changes and modified routings. Commuters are readjusting their schedules to avoid peak rush hour schedules, while in the evening, some passengers are leaving earlier or much later in the night.

To compensate for the inconvenience, the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road has added train cars and modified multiple schedules.

MTA ambassadors have also been deployed at common choke points to help alleviate confusion.

To also lessen the burden of the Penn Station fiasco, the Long Island Rail Road is slashing fares by 25 percent for commuters traveling to Hunterspoint Avenue and Atlantic Terminal. Free transfers from those subways are also being offered through early September.

While current plans call on Amtrak and its team to wrap up Penn Station upgrades on Labor Day weekend, Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman warned passengers last week that subsequent weekend outages could extend beyond the planned completion date, an article in the New York Post read.

Lhota says he is relying on Amtrak to finish all of its repairs by Labor Day and will be keeping a close eye on Amtrak to make sure it sticks to its schedule.

See the original article online.

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