Amtrak has announced preliminary schedule changes that will help speed the process of the Infrastructure Renewal work at New York Penn Station. The work will include a series of major track and switch renewal projects.
“Amtrak is accelerating its work to improve conditions and reliability of the tracks at Penn Station during the summer,” said Wick Moorman, Amtrak president & CEO. “While we regret that this work requires some reduction in train service and disruption to passengers over the summer months, we believe it will ultimately be worth the investment in terms of increased reliability of passenger rail travel.”
“In addition, while Amtrak’s own service at Penn Station will face the largest impact of the three railroads in terms of proportional reductions in train service during the work period, we will use all the tools we can, such as lengthening trains, to continue to provide capacity for our intercity travelers going to or from New York,” added Moorman.
The following service adjustments have been made to Amtrak’s weekday schedule and will be in effect from July 10 to Sept. 1:
- Acela Express - No changes.
- Northeast Regional Service - Three round trip trains between New York City and Washington, D.C., canceled. Service between New York City and Boston will operate at currently scheduled levels.
- Keystone Service - Three round trip trains will start and end in Philadelphia, and one round trip train will start and end at Newark, N.J. Service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg will operate at currently scheduled levels.
- Empire Service - To be announced shortly.
- Long-Distance Service - The Crescent, operating between New York City and New Orleans, will originate and terminate in Washington, D.C., daily during work period. Connections will be provided on other Northeast Corridor trains.
The Infrastructure Renewal will include planned improvement of track, switch and other infrastructure at Penn Station. The work during this summer will occur in “A Interlocking,” which serves as the sorting mechanism routing incoming and outgoing trains that enter and exit Penn Station from the Hudson River tunnel and the LIRR’s West Side Yard to station tracks and platforms. The work in A Interlocking, which is fully funded, includes total track and switch replacement. The Renewal work is designed to address the reliability issues caused by the significant growth in train volumes at New York Penn Station coupled with its aging infrastructure.
Additional work will last through approximately June 2018, with most of it taking place on weekends, resulting in minimal impacts to service.