What commuters are saying about the first day of hell at Penn Station

Amtrak will be closing three tracks at a time for extensive repair work at the beleaguered transit hub through Sept. 1.
Here's what commuters had to say about Day 1 of the 'summer of hell' at Penn Station.
Here's what commuters had to say about Day 1 of the 'summer of hell' at Penn Station. (Reuters)

The “summer of hell” is officially underway for commuters who use Penn Station to get in and out of New York City.

 

From service cancellations to rerouting to more riders on less New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road rains, it is sure to be a hellish two months indeed as Amtrak shuts down three of Penn Station’s 21 tracks at a time for repair work.

 

As a way for the thousands of affected commuters to avoid the inevitable headaches they will face while the work continues through Sept. 1, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota suggested on Sunday that they “try to come in earlier — or later if your job allows it.”

 

Another way they can cope is by sharing their grief and horror stories on social media, and that they did. Here are a few of our favorites thus far:

 

One NJ Transit rider Metro spoke with who asked not to be named said that he was switching from his regular train to a bus to “avoid Penn Station at all costs,” and said he was going to be working from home a lot more now that the repair work is underway.

For complete info on service changes at Penn Station, visit NJ Transit, LIRR or Amtrak.

If you have a particular horror story you’d like to share about Penn Station’s “summer of hell,” please email nikki.mascali@metro.us. 

 
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