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Service Changes For NJ TRANSIT Riders As Penn Station Repairs Begin

11 July 2017

"The closure of multiple New York Penn Station tracks to NJ Transit trains will have a severe impact on the lives of tens of thousands of New Jersey commuters", said state Sen.

The LIRR urged riders to visit their new website, lirrsummerschedule.com, to help commuters navigate the changes.

Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker called on the Trump administration to honor that commitment at a news conference near the spot on Manhattan's west side Monday where preliminary work has already begun.

New Jersey Transit spokesman Charles Ingoglia (ihn-GOH'-lee-uh) says the agency would like to think it's quiet because "a lot of people did their homework".

The "summer of hell" is officially underway for commuters who use Penn Station to get in and out of New York City.

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Even on a good day, New York City's Pennsylvania Station barely works.

With the uncertainty of how painful their commutes may be, some say they may avoid NJ TRANSIT all together.

Booker said it's time for Trump to "put up or shut up".

During the work, New York City area commuters will face major delays due to significant reductions in commuter rail service on New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad. "Some of the buses are filling up, the ferries are working well, and our trains are all on time".

"Getting home is what I'm anxious about", said Corey Wright, 38, who commutes from Huntington, Long Island, to Penn Station.

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At Hoboken, the volume of commuters taking the PATH trains for the last leg wasn't much different from a normal Monday, said David Peter Alan of South Orange, chairman of the Lackawanna Coalition, a commuter group. So even those commuters who caught one of the few trains arriving at Penn Station before 7 a.m. will have to go to Hoboken to catch a train home.

The repairs are expected to last through August.

"This is a crisis", New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a July 9 statement releasing his office's report, in which one out of seven riders gave the subway a failing grade.

Amtrak is beginning extensive repairs to tracks and signals in Penn Station Monday, prompted by two recent derailments and other problems that spotlighted the station's aging infrastructure.

Waiting with a handful of other commuters on a pre-dawn Long Island Rail Road platform in Farmingdale, Susan Young, 43, said: "It's going to have some slowdown".

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"The morning rush hour is going according to plan", said Lhota, who slipped onto a train from Jamaica to Atlantic Terminal around 8 a.m.

Service Changes For NJ TRANSIT Riders As Penn Station Repairs Begin