Amtrak partners with AECOM for Penn Station recommendations

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NEW YORK — Amtrak is partnering with AECOM and Network Rail on an independent review of the overall design and functionality of passenger concourses within New York’s Penn Station, Amtrak announced in a news release this week.

AECOM, an American company, and Network Rail, a British one, will be conducting a study of Amtrak's, New Jersey Transit's and the Long Island Rail Road's Passenger Areas at the station to improve the experience of each passenger as they travel to, in, and from Penn Station.

"Amtrak is dedicated to making improvements to the railroad and the station that will improve the passenger experience," said Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman "We have assembled a top-notch team of national and international experts to work with the railroads on delivering solutions that will greatly improve the passenger experience at New York Penn Station."

Amtrak owns Penn Station while LIRR and NJT each manage their own concourses. AECOM and Network Rail will review and suggest a better way for the three railroads to foster an improved working relationship. Professionals from the three railroads in a working group will convene to help with the study.

The consultants, starting immediately, will provide an overall plan for improvements to Penn Station's passenger concourse, as well as guidance on operations and maintenance partnerships, and discussing Amtrak's planned redevelopment of Penn Station in partnership.

AECOM is an engineering firm. Network Rail manages the railroad infrastructure for most of the private operators in England, Wales and Scotland.

Recommendations will be delivered in early 2018 by the consultants, and it will be up to officials at Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road, and New Jersey Transit to take the next steps.

Additionally on the same day, Amtrak had completed its fifth week of Penn Station rehabilitation, with the key components of switch repair around Tower "A" at the west end of the station, and track 10 replacement going according to plan, with no major time days for the project. Most passengers have adapted to all the work going on
below the concourses with three more weeks to go.

Normality, at least for a little while, should return after travelers return from their Labor Day Holiday. More repairs will tentatively occur when the three entities agree on dates; those are expected to happen on weekends later this year, not during normal weekdays.

See the news release online.

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