New York Penn Station to see further 'renewal' starting in January

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NEW YORK CITY — "Happy New Year" may not be the exact salutation to positively engage some commuters and travelers as track renewal projects are noted again on the New York Penn Station calendar for 2018. Officials say, however, that track work will not be as extensive as earlier this year.

Work will be largely on weekends, but, single-track closures will occur between Jan. 5 and May 28, 2018, which will mean that Amtrak, NJ Transit, and Long Island Rail Road weekend operations will be affected. While the bulk of the renewal work for 2018 will occur on weekends, there will be a series of continuous single-track closures within the station.‬ As before, Amtrak is working with the commuter railroads to minimize delays to all Penn Station travelers.

“After a successful summer, it is essential that we continue to upgrade the infrastructure so that we can continue to improve the reliability of service for all the customers that use New York Penn Station,” said Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman.

The following schedule changes will take place during the infrastructure renewal work:
•Northeast Regional train 110 from Washington, D.C., to Penn Station and southbound train 127 New York to Washington will be cancelled.
•Northbound Keystone train 640 from Harrisburg will terminate at Newark (N.J.) Penn Station with southbound train 643 will originating there.
•Regional Train 173 will stop at Newark Airport; trains 129, 193, and 653 will all have earlier departure times, and train 170 will also depart Washington early, stop at North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights, Pa., and resume its schedule from Trenton, N.J.

Additionally, Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit schedule changes will be announced in the coming weeks, those changes are expected to take effect Jan. 8.

The new tracks at the center of attention will be Tracks 15 and 18. Track 15 will be fully demolished and replaced, as happened to Track 10 during the summer. Track 18, will need localized concrete demolition with complex steel hardware replacement and rail renewal within Penn Station New York. Also, Amtrak at “C” Interlocking will renew and replace three turnouts at the east end of the station, which directs Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains to routes heading east and to Sunnyside Yard, along with NJ Transit equipment moves.

During summer 2017, Amtrak kicked off its infrastructure renewal at New York Penn Station, which is part of Amtrak’s plan to modernize stations, infrastructure, and equipment on the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak’s Penn Station concourse operations improvement study has begun and improvement projects for the restrooms, waiting areas, and ClubAcela Lounge in Amtrak’s concourses are underway.

Amtrak’s reservation systems are currently being updated to reflect these schedule changes and any passenger already booked on a train that has been cancelled or altered will be contacted and accommodated on other scheduled services.

More information is available online.

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