Amtrak

Amtrak power issue causing delays, headaches at Penn Station

Updated, 2:49 p.m.: Amtrak expects the overhead wire issue that has plagued commuters in and out of New York Penn Station for most of Monday will be resolved around 3:30 p.m., just in time for the evening rush hour, the agency told Metro.  Amtrak said that a messenger wire became separated...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 2:55pm

Amtrak announces summer 2018 repair work at Penn Station

Amtrak will continue its infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station for the second consecutive summer, the agency announced Tuesday. This round of work, estimated to cost between $45 million and $50 million, will make critical repairs and reconstruction on three major New York City...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 3:02pm

Here’s what to expect for your post-snow commute this morning

Updated, 4 p.m.: Amtrak has announced that all scheduled Northeast Corridor service will be restored Friday following cancellations caused by Wednesday's nor'easter along the East Coast. The only change, the agency said, is that passengers traveling between New York Penn Station and...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:03pm

Penn Station-bound Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph

A high-speed Boston-bound Amtrak train broke apart while traveling at 125 mph through Maryland on Tuesday morning, Amtrak said.  "Earlier this morning, at approximately 6:40 a.m., Acela Express train 2150 traveling from Washington, D.C., to Boston experienced a mechanical issue when two...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 1:46pm

Penn Station repairs moving along as scheduled, Amtrak chief engineer says

A month in, Amtrak’s latest round of infrastructure repair work at New York Penn Station is moving right along — and on schedule, Chief Engineer Gery Williams said during a media call Friday. “We’re making good progress, and we remain on schedule for Track 15 work,”...

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 3:08pm

Amtrak's winter work at Penn Station starts this week

The winter round of repair work at Penn Station is slated to begin as scheduled on Friday, which means that changes are coming Monday for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit passengers, though most of the work will be done on weekends. Amtrak owns and maintains the tracks at Penn...

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 1:24pm

Rail damage causes commuting chaos on LIRR to, from Penn Station

Updated, 11:11 a.m.: Service on the Long Island Rail Road has resumed after a damaged third rail caused mass delays across the system, the agency announced just before 11 a.m. While residual delays are expected, the LIRR tweeted that its service is "on or close to schedule" in and out of...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 11:21am

Govs. Christie and Cuomo still shortchange Gateway Tunnel

The numbers just don’t add up in the recent announcement by lame duck Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and 2020 Presidential wanna be Andrew Cuomo of New York concerning their respective funding commitments for the Hudson River Gateway Tunnel project. Cuomo promised $1.75 billion,...

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 5:00am

Amtrak wants to help you find your way around Penn Station

As the busiest rail terminal in the nation, New York’s Penn Station can be an overwhelming, anger-inducing maze to navigate, especially during rush hour. But thanks to Amtrak, there’s now an app for that. The agency just launched FindYourWay, a real-time app driven by beacon technology...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:27pm

Amtrak winter work at Penn Station is coming

Commuters survived the “summer of hell” Amtrak repairs at New York’s Penn Station, but are they headed for a winter of discontent as the agency announced Phase II of its infrastructure renewal work at the nation’s busiest rail hub? “After a successful summer, it is...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:37am

East River Tunnel repair delays impact new Penn Station services

Proposals by Amtrak to delay the overdue major repairs to the four East Rive tunnels until after the LIRR begins service into Grand Central Terminal in December 2023 is bad news for both riders and taxpayers. Remember only one of four East River Tunnels can be worked on at a time. It will take...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 5:00am

Amtrak delays for East River Tunnel repairs make no sense

Proposals by Amtrak to delay the decades-overdue major repairs to the four East River tunnels until after the LIRR begins service into Grand Central Terminal in December 2023 is bad news for both riders and taxpayers. Delaying the start of work by six years from 2019 to 2025 will increase...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 5:03am

Transforming our region’s infrastructure

Last week, Congress returned to Washington, D.C., to begin work on a laundry list of legislative items, including extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program, reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, reforming our tax code and fixing the immigration system. In September,...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 5:02am

Amtrak repairs at Penn Station complete, weekend work still ahead

After two months of nonstop work, Amtrak repairs at Penn Station are officially over. "This accelerated work was an enormous undertaking. We did it on time, on budget and, most importantly, safely," Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman said Thursday.  In order to execute the accelerate renewal...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 4:59pm

Penn Station’s ‘summer of hell’ ends Sept. 5: Amtrak

The end of Penn Station’s “summer of hell” is nigh. Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road schedules, which were changed as part of the infrastructure repair work at the nation’s busiest rail terminal, are slated to return to normal on Sept. 5, Amtrak...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 3:25pm

NJ Transit train derails at Penn Station, straphangers face massive delays on subway

The Wednesday morning commute got off to a chaotic start after a New Jersey Transit train derailed at Penn Station and straphangers faced massive delays on several subway lines. The NJ Transit derailment was the fourth this year at the nation’s busiest rail terminal. The train went off Track...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:53am

Students embark on ‘Summer By Rail’ journey at Penn Station

As many travelers are avoiding Penn Station during its “summer of hell” repair work, two New Jersey residents are embarking on an epic rail journey from the busy transit hub. Caitlyn Boyle of Leonardo and Victoria Principato of Haddonfield, both students at Catholic University of...

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 11:24am

What if Amtrak's Penn Station repairs aren't done on time?

We’re four days into Penn Station’s “summer of hell” repair work, which is closing three tracks at a clip at the busy New York City terminal, but what happens if the work isn’t complete by the Sept. 1 target? Outgoing Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman gave an inclination during...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 4:01pm

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

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...

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:39am

NJ Transit service restored after derailment at Penn Station

Commuters faced another New Jersey Transit derailment at Penn Station Thursday night, but normal service has resumed on or close to regular schedules for the Friday morning commute, the agency said. Train service in/out of Penn Station New York is now operating on or close schedule. —...

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 9:47am