Penn Station work progressing to May completion date

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NEW YORK CITY — Penn Station’s current repair round is on track to wrap up by the end of the May, Amtrak Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek tells news media in a recent news conference.

In contrast to the 2017 “summer of hell” that included all-day, all-night, and weeks-long reconstruction underneath New York Penn Station, Naparstek says that this year, the majority of the renewal work is occurring on weekends, with minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations at the station. Work continues on pace to meet a completion goal of May 28.

Workers completed their tasks on Track 15 on Feb. 23, three days ahead of schedule. The tasks included tie removal, full concrete roadbed demolition and replacement the third rail, which Long Island Rail Road trains use. The next task has started, the replacement of turnout No. 641 by “C” Interlocking. It is located at the east end of the station, which directs Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and NJ Transit. Work on the interlocking is expected to be complete by March 19.

Amtrak engineering crews are expected to begin work on Track 18 on March 23‬, which requires specific concrete demolition with complex steel hardware replacement and rail renewal.

Naparstek says that advance planning by the three operators should mitigate untoward delays and morning and evening rush hour train on time dependability were extremely sensitive in this planning process.

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