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Amtrak Repairs Require Modified Schedule
Extensive rail infrastructure repairs to be performed by Amtrak at Penn Station New York (PSNY) will get underway this summer, bringing considerable disruptions with it for those of you who travel by train in and out of New York. The work, which includes significant track outages, is necessary to make repairs due to years of neglect by Amtrak at PSNY.
During July and August, the work will force NJ TRANSIT to reduce the number of trains it operates to/from PSNY, particularly during peak periods. As a result, NJ TRANSIT has developed a modified summer rail schedule that will be in effect from July 10th to September 1st.
Nearly all customers traveling on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Montclair-Boonton, Pascack Valley, Main/Bergen and Port Jervis lines will have their schedules remain intact, with the exception of some minor time adjustments.
However, MidTOWN DIRECT trains on the Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch will be redirected to Hoboken, where beefed up PATH, ferry and bus service will be available. Additional bus service will be offered at key locations along the Morris &Essex Lines. Cross-honoring will allow these customers to ride PATH, New York Waterway ferries and buses to/from these locations when they display their NJ TRANSIT ticket or pass.
To further offset the loss of New York service for these customers, NJ TRANSIT will offer significantly reduced fares, ranging from 50 percent to 63 percent less than what they usually pay for service to New York.
To assist customers over the summer months, NJ TRANSIT employee ambassadors will be available at PSNY, Hoboken Terminal, Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction and other key locations to answer questions and hand out information.
In addition, Amtrak has agreed to open the west end concourse at PSNY for NJ TRANSIT customers, perform joint inspections of the work with NJ TRANSIT, provide us with daily reports of the work and include NJ TRANSIT in daily dispatching decisions.
Throughout the outage, a Joint Station Operations Center at PSNY will be staffed for better crowd management and customer communication. NJ TRANSIT has also insisted that Amtrak provide rescue engines and personnel ready to respond to potential breakdowns or disruptions.
The modified rail schedules and alternative travel information for July 10 to September 1 are available at njtransit.com. NJ TRANSIT also encourages customers to get up-to-date information by monitoring our website, signing up for MyTransit alerts at njtransit.com/mytransit, following us on Facebook and Twitter, and listening to broadcast traffic reports.
In the long term, NJ TRANSIT will demand that New Jersey have more input on Amtrak's priorities for repair and replacement of infrastructure to ensure that you have safe, reliable service at PSNY every day.