Governors want 'verification' of Penn Station track safety
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:42
On Monday, they sent a joint letter to Amtrak's CEO and the Executive Director of the Federal Railroad Administration calling for a complete review of Amtrak's infrastructure, and maintenance protocols at Penn Station.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The governors of New Jersey and NY say they want "independent verification" of track safety at New York's Penn Station, citing recent train derailments and service disruptions.
On April 5, Christie notified Amtrak that New Jersey will halt all payments to Amtrak and called for an independent investigation into the causes of and work required to prevent more derailments and transit complications.
In this Wednesday, April 5, 2017, file photo provided by Amtrak, workers fix rails inside New York's Penn Station.
Workers make repairs at tracks at Penn Station after a recent derailment.. Three cars in the middle of an inbound NJ Transit train dislodged from a track as it approached a platform.
An April 3 derailment, the second in less than two weeks, wreaked havoc for hundreds of thousands of commuters and long-distance travelers on the Eastern Seaboard.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said that Amtrak is facing more than a $28-billion state-of-good fix backlog, which could have contributed to the maintenance issues that caused the derailments at Penn Station. Sen.
Moorman last week personally apologized for the commuting chaos at Penn Station. The recent derailment was caused by "defective wood ties" on the tracks. NJ Transit brings almost 200,000 commuters to and from Manhattan every day.
With track space limited after the derailments, LIRR had to cancel dozens of trips out of Penn Station, while NJ Transit ran on limited schedule.