The early-morning commute into New York City got off to a smooth start as Amtrak began extensive repairs to tracks and signals in Penn Station.
On Monday, Amtrak plans to begin repairing tracks and switches at Penn Station that will limit service to the hub through September 1.
According to the New York Times, "Some routes are unusually crowded and there have been brief delays, but no major problems have been reported". "So far more smoothly than I expected".
About 7,400 NJ Transit riders on the Morris & Essex line will be forced to transfer in Hoboken weekdays after 7 a.m. instead being taken directly to Midtown Manhattan.
New York Waterway ferries will be running every 15 minutes between Hoboken and New York during rush hour.
With fewer platforms available, the fix work will complicate schedules for the three rail operators that use Penn Station: the national rail corporation, Amtrak, and regional commuter train operators New Jersey Transit Corp and the Long Island Rail Road.
For complete info on service changes at Penn Station, visit NJ Transit, LIRR or Amtrak. Two LIRR riders are already suing the MTA, the LIRR and New York City Transit-alleging negligence for the amount of emotional distress they've endured. This was not known immediately, on Twitter New Jersey Transit. More buses will be added from Hoboken as well.
"A lot of confusion and too many people gathered in one space", said Lex Marshall, 35, of Morristown. The 35-year-old says everybody's just bumping into each other, pushing each other to get to their destination.
Service has been stepped up by trains, buses and ferries in anticipation of the busier commute.
NJ Transit is diverting some rush hour trains to Hoboken, where passengers can switch to PATH trains or ferries.
The work is scheduled to last through the end of August.
The disruptions coincide with woeful delays in the aging subway system, which is similarly straining to cope with increased ridership, and highlights a wider problem of crumbling infrastructure in the United States.
"The measure is how good are you when things are bad", Ingoglia said.
Even when it's complete, this summer's fix work will do little to alleviate overcrowding at Penn Station.
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