Since Penn Station New York (PSNY) is the busiest rail station in the United States, Amtrak has to complete infrastructure renewal work while maintaining as much train service as possible. That requires major projects to be completed in stages. Earlier phases of this work included improvements at the western end of PSNY, and track replacement adjacent to several platforms. Work this year is focused on the eastern end of the station and will focus on two interlockings that route trains into and out of the East River Tunnels.
After AM service into PSNY, NJ TRANSIT trains use the East River Tunnels to reach Sunnyside Yard in Queens to prepare for full PM service from PSNY. While Amtrak is repairing and renewing two major interlockings that route trains into and out of the East River Tunnels, access to Sunnyside Yard will be limited and a reduced number of trains can use PSNY. After examining every option, we concluded that diverting a limited number of trains to Hoboken allows us to impact the fewest customers, avoid canceling trains, maintain maximum peak period seats, and maximize travel options at no additional cost to customers.