Amtrak to Continue Repairing NYC Infrastructure

Amtrak has announced that it will continue its Infrastructure Renewal program in New York City during the 2018 summer. Reconstruction will take place at the Empire Tunnel, the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge and Track 19 in New York Penn Station. The cost of the projects is estimated between $45 and $50 million. 

“Amtrak is continuing to prioritize updating the infrastructure in and around New York Penn Station to improve our service reliability,” said Scot Naparstek, Amtrak executive vice president and COO. “We thank our partners for their coordination and flexibility as we continue this important and necessary work.” 

The work at the Empire Tunnel and the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge will affect the schedule and locations of Amtrak’s Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf trains from May 26 to September 4. Track work in New York Penn station will modify schedules from June 8 to July 20.  

Planned track work includes:

  • replacing track in the Empire Tunnel and also replacing cross ties, grade crossings and 8,000 feet of continuous rail;
  • updating the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge’s mechanical and electrical equipment; and
  • replacing three turnouts and conducting total ballasted track and wood tie track replacement at Track 19 at New York Penn Station.

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