Transit Train Derailed At New York's Penn Station, Ended With Minor Injuries

Transit Train Derailed At New York's Penn Station, Ended With Minor Injuries

They'll have to contend with fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures in Penn Station. The 35-year-old says everybody's just bumping into each other, pushing each other to get to their destination.

Since the early birds get to skip Hoboken, NJ TRANSIT platforms in Chatham and Summit were unusually packed around 6 a.m. with commuters who woke up early to catch the last direct train to Penn Station Monday. He said his trip took about 45 minutes longer than normal. The work was initially scheduled for nights and weekends over a few years, but two recent derailments and other problems that spotlighted the station's aging infrastructure convinced Amtrak to accelerate the work schedule. Instead, the most noticeable inconvenience that Boston-based users of Penn Station might notice is more crowded Amtrak trains.

The station handles twice as many daily train movements, about 1,300, as it did then.

Earlier this morning on New York's subway system, signal problems led to delays for the northbound 2 and 5 trains and southbound A, C and E trains.

With the uncertainty of how painful their commutes may be, some say they may avoid NJ TRANSIT all together. "We have to survive, '" Codey said. "Our customers seem to have done their homework".

Overcrowding has prompted much of the infrastructural issues this summer.

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

2:18	  BusinessLIRR delays causing problems for Long Islanders
2:18 BusinessLIRR delays causing problems for Long Islanders

Asked if her clients were anxious about the travel disruptions, she said, "We're all living in the United States of Anxiety".

Amtrak also is reducing the number of trains it runs between NY and Washington and diverting some trains from Albany across town to Grand Central Terminal.

Dubbed the "summer of hell" by commuter-beloved Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Amtrak has begun major station track renewals and signalling switches updates-long-awaited emergency repairs needed at the country's busiest transportation facility.

That work is expected to take at least another decade to complete, although federal funding for the project is in question after President Donald Trump proposed changing a federal grant program that was supposed to be used for it.

All three canceled some services, rerouted others, and warned travelers to expect delays throughout the duration of the repairs, which began on Monday and are scheduled to be done September 1.

Speaking Monday morning, MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said, so far, "everything has been on time" and "working according to plan".

Sifuentes said he thinks there will be additional riders at Atlantic Avenue as the days and weeks go on, but credited the MTA with good preparation for the disruptive track work.




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