Amtrak continues infrastructure renewal program at New York Penn Station

State of good repair work will have minimal impact on scheduled train operations

January 06, 2020
Amtrak New York Penn Station
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Amtrak is continuing its Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station throughout Winter 2020 as part of its ongoing maintenance program to improve the station’s infrastructure operations performance and reliability.

Unlike previous years, this round of renewal work will not require any reductions or modifications in service for Amtrak and NJ Transit trains or impact customers. Long Island Rail Road trains will have minimal schedule modifications, however, as a result of this work.

“Modernizing and investing in infrastructure is a continuous process, and Amtrak is committed to making investments towards updating infrastructure when needed,” Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson said in a statement.

This work, which is focused on Tracks 11 and 14, will begin in early January and is scheduled to conclude in mid-April. Amtrak is investing $7.6 million for this project, which involves a project scope of removing, replacing, and installing new timber block ties and concrete, collecting and disposing general debris, and installing a safety construction barrier on the platform to protect passengers.

New York Penn Station is the busiest train station in America, handling more than 1,300 train movements every weekday. Over the past three years, Amtrak has invested more than $150 million to provide a modern, safe experience to train travelers by updating its infrastructure in the New York region.

The Infrastructure Renewal Program benefits New York State with an upgraded, state-of-the art railroad and is one element of Amtrak’s plan to modernize stations, infrastructure and equipment on the Northeast Corridor.

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SOURCE: Amtrak

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