New York Speeds Up Road Projects Ahead of Penn Station Work
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 2:05
Amtrak is performing maintenance work at the station following a spate of derailments, breakdowns and other service interruptions in recent months. Cuomo has said the planned track repairs would result in a "summer of hell" for commuters.
Verrazano Narrows Bridge: Cashless tolling to be complete by July 8th, moved up from November 30th; new Brooklyn-bound lane for buses and high-occupancy vehicles by June 19th, up from November 30th, increasing road capacity by 16 percent, according to the State.
Expectations on service disruption during the scheduled July 7th-25th and August 4th-28th Penn Station repairs have varied, ranging between 20 and 25 percent reductions in service during peak hours. The planned fix work will take three of the station's 21 tracks out of commission for weeks at a time. Commuters searching for alternative ways to reach Manhattan "will crush an already overburdened subway system and clog roads and bridges", the Cuomo statement said.
Long Island Rail Road will cancel or reroute more than 30 trains each weekday during the morning and evening rush hours this summer when Amtrak closes several tracks at New York Penn Station to carry out emergency fix work. It also will launch two new routes for water ferries and 200 new coach buses from points across Long Island.
Amtrak's planned fix work, which will reduce the number of trains going in and out of Penn Station by 20 percent, is slated to begin July 10 and continue through the end of August, in what the governor dubbed as the "summer of agony".
The agency is launching an "awareness campaign that includes letters to employers encouraging flexible work hours and locations", MTA Executive Director Ronnie Hakim said at a press conference Monday.
"Our focus and priority has been multifaceted", she said. "By aggressively expediting construction we are taking action to ease commutes and provide New Yorkers with peace of mind".