Amtrak: Penn Station track work moving along

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NEW YORK — In a conference call Friday, Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scott Naparstek said that the New York City Penn Station Project was proceeding on schedule, with nothing unusual encountered during this sixth of an eight week time frame. Work has proceeded on aligning new switches with the signaling link to Tower “A”, at the West End of the station. Additionally, all the concrete work around Track 10 has been finished, the new rails and ties have been placed, and 500 feet of third rail track (This platform is used by Amtrak, NJ Transit, which use overhead catenary, and the Long Island Rail Road, which will use the newly installed third rail). The platform there has been cleaned up as well.

Naparstek was on site for this call, conferring with Chief Engineer Gery Williams,
reviewing the work so far, which they felt to be exactly what it was supposed to be,
when it was supposed to be, in quantity and quality.

The Amtrak officials said that once the work is completed over the Labor Day Holiday, on time
dependability would reach a viable 90-percent plus on time dependability status for the three Railroads, which was a lot lower before the work started.

And after Labor Day? — Travel should be normal during all of September, with the rest of the Fall possibly having 55 hour weekend work cycles, depending on negotiations between the three parties.

With all the work being done below Concourse Level, and the announcement of work on the New Moynihan Station, Early 2021 will see all planned work ended.

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