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The summer of hell at Penn Station to last longer than expected, Amtrak announces

Written by
Clayton Guse

Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that those who rely on Penn Station for their daily commutes should anticipate a "summer of hell," as work on the transit hub would lead to reduced service and regular delays over the course of six weeks.

On Tuesday, Amtrak announced that construction to fix the aging infrastructure at the nation's busiest rail hub will instead last nearly eight weeks: July 10 through September 1. During that period, Amtrak trains will operate with reduced service in and out of Penn Station. Three round trip trains on the Northeast Regional Service between New York and Washington, D.C. will be cancelled; another three round trip trains on the Keystone Service will end service in Philadelphia, with another train on the line stopping and ending in Newark; and service on the long-distance Crescent line will run between New Orleans and Washington, D.C. instead of ending in New York.

Changes on the Empire Service, which runs through upstate New York, will be announced shortly, and there will be no changes in service changes on the Acela Express, which connects Washington, D.C. to Boston by way of Penn Station.

It is unclear what kind of effect these changes will have on Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit service, both of which use Penn Station as a hub. Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo was in talks with Amtrak to reroute some of their trains into and out of Grand Central Terminal, but Tuesday's announcement suggest that the plan fell through.

In a statement, Amtrak announced that it will be contacting passengers who have already book trips on the affected routes to accommodate them on other scheduled services. 

The shit is about to hit the fan at Penn Station (not literally—that already happened). 

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