MIDTOWN — A plan to shut a number of practice tracks at Penn Station throughout weekday hours for repairs this summer time will pressure rail schedules to vary and will trigger commuter chaos on the busy transit hub.
Amtrak had initially deliberate to restore and substitute infrastructure at Penn Station on weekends over the course of two to 3 years, its president and CEO Wick Moorman stated Thursday.
However in mild of the current practice derailments and delays on the station, the rail service plans to expedite that work, Moorman advised reporters.
“The occasions of the previous month have proven that we simply need to step up our recreation there,” he stated. “We’re going to start [work] this summer time, and we anticipate nearly all of work to be executed this summer time.”
Whereas a lot of the work shall be carried out on weekends as initially deliberate, “some tracks” will probably be closed on “some weekdays,” and practice schedules will change, Moorman stated.
He declined a number of occasions to say what number of or which tracks the repairs would have an effect on, noting the company would have extra specifics following its assembly with NJ Transit and Lengthy Island Rail Street officers subsequent week.
It was not clear whether or not the tracks in query are utilized by NJ Transit and LIRR trains.
“It’s our objective to trigger the least quantity of disruption within the station that we will. It doesn’t imply that there are going to be a lot of tracks closed each weekday for prolonged durations of time,” he stated.
“It’s our intention to attempt to schedule this in order that even within the longer outages… we attempt to reduce the variety of platforms that aren’t out there,” he added.
The work will embrace a number of main infrastructure restore tasks slated to start out in Might and proceed into the autumn, Amtrak stated in a launch.
The rail firm additionally plans to deal with crowding on Penn Station’s concourses and put collectively a process pressure to deal with security and safety considerations.
Amtrak additionally introduced in former MTA CEO and chairman Tom Prendergast to assessment passenger motion all through the station.
Cash for the repairs will come from a 2018 fiscal yr finances Amtrak plans to submit after President Trump releases his personal price range subsequent month, stated Moorman, who anticipated the renewal efforts would finally value “some tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars.”