East River Tunnel Power Loss Causing Major LIRR Delays

The railroad's premium Acela service will be unchanged.

The Renewal work is created to address the reliability issues caused by the significant growth in train volumes at New York Penn Station coupled with its aging infrastructure. About 140 Amtrak trains use Penn Station daily.

New York Penn Station: There will be additional signage, announcements and station ambassadors on hand to answer customer inquiries.

Amtrak on Tuesday released its long-awaited summer service plan for an eight-week work project that will hamper travel in and out of NY, but make critical infrastructure upgrades at Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail terminal.

The renewal plan accelerates years of planned improvements to track, switch and other infrastructure at Penn Station, which has seen a number of derailments, power issues and other infrastructure problems in recent months. New York City Transit said it's cross-honoring LIRR tickets.

Northeast Regional Service: Three round trip trains (six total trains) between New York City and Washington, D.C. canceled.

Keystone Service: Three round trip trains (six total trains) will start and end in Philadelphia, and one round trip train (two total trains) will start and end at Newark, New Jersey. Service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg will operate at now scheduled levels. Riders are fuming because NJ Transit's popular Morris & Essex Midtown Direct line will be diverted during the fix program to Hoboken, where ferries and alternate train lines connect to Manhattan.

The busiest rail hub in the nation, Penn Station is a web of more than 20 tracks, the most complicated section of which will see significant work between July 10 and September 1. No other NJ Transit lines are expected to be affected.

LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan tells Gothamist that trains bound for Penn Station are experiencing delays up to 30 minutes, and that "a handful" of trains are being canceled at Jamaica Station in Queens or diverted to Hunterspoint Avenue or Atlantic Terminal.

LIRR conductors handed out drinking water Tuesday morning.

  • Zachary Reyes