Amtrak to Resume Normal Service at Penn Station Following Summer Repairs

By Paul Riegler on 2 September 2018
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The area above Penn Station in Manhattan

The area above Penn Station in Manhattan

Amtrak announced it will resume regular weekday schedules at New York’s Penn Station on September 4, following several months of critical infrastructure repairs.

On Friday, railroad officials reflected on the work that included an overhaul of the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, which had been damaged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, as well as repairs of two of the tracks and platforms at Penn Station and the replacement of rails and cross ties in the Empire Connection tunnel that links Penn Station to tracks that run north along the Hudson River.

The railroad operated five of its train routes from Grand Central Terminal, including the Empire Service to upstate New York; the Ethan Allen Express to Rutland, Vermont; the Adirondack to Montreal; and the Maple Leaf to Toronto.

In addition, Amtrak suspended the Lake Shore Limited between New York and Albany during the repair work and it is scheduled to return to service on September 3.

While much of the work was not visible to passengers, Amtrak also renovated the washrooms on the main floor of Penn Station. It will soon update passenger waiting rooms with new seats and power outlets as well.

This was the second summer in a row that Amtrak moved trains to Grand Central in order to do perform repairs at Penn Station.

Last year, officials inaugurated the new Long Island Rail Road concourse inside the James A. Farley Post Office Building in what is soon to be a reimagined Penn Station.

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