Amtrak to begin additional renewal work at New York Penn Station

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NEW YORK — New York Penn Station will be undergoing Amtrak’s next series of track renewal projects starting Jan. 5, with train schedule revisions following on Jan. 8.

The first part of the project is occurring in the area of Track 15, which requires a section of concrete demolition and replacement (similar to the work on Track 10 during the summer of 2017), and Track 18, which requires localized concrete demolition with complex steel hardware replacement and rail renewal. In addition, Amtrak is renewing and replacing three turnouts by “C” Interlocking by the east end of Penn Station, where Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains head towards the Hell Gate Bridge and to Sunnyside Yard.

The relatively good news for Amtrak travelers? A majority of the work will be on weekends, and is scheduled to conclude on May 28. During the work window:

• Amtrak will annul Northeast Regional trains 110 from Washington to New York Penn Station and 127 from New York to Washington
• Northbound Keystone train 640 will terminate at Newark (N.J.) Penn Station
• Southbound Keystone train 643 is originating at Newark Penn Station
• Southbound train 173 is stopping at Newark (N.J.) Liberty International Airport
• Southbound trains 129, 193, and 653 will all have earlier departure times.
• Train 170 will also depart Washington early, stopping at North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights and resuming its schedule from Trenton, N.J.

The Amtrak’s renewal program for New York Penn Station began in 2017, when the passenger railroad accelerated track, signal, and catenary repair in response to frequent derailments and delays that highlighted unsafe infrastructure.

More information is available online.

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