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NJ commuters faced with decisions as 'Summer of Hell' begins

NJ commuters faced with decisions as 'Summer of Hell' begins”

Following months of assurances from transit officials and a slow trickle of details about trains canceled and rerouted, the best efforts of Amtrak, the MTA and New Jersey Transit are being put to the test today. Though there were derailment and the people stuck inside the train for quite sometimes, there were no serious injuries occurred, and no life was threatened which causes no panic inside the train as well on the platform.

According to the New York Times, "Some routes are unusually crowded and there have been brief delays, but no major problems have been reported".

With fewer platforms available, the fix work will complicate schedules for the three rail operators that use Penn Station: the national rail corporation, Amtrak, and regional commuter train operators New Jersey Transit Corp and the Long Island Rail Road.

Penn Station, which Amtrak took over in the 1970s, handles twice as many daily train movements, about 1,300, as it did then.

Even on a good day, New York City's Pennsylvania Station barely works.

While the commute had gone about as well as it could for most, the halls leading from NJ Transit trains to PATH trains were packed for over an hour and some people seemed bewildered at their new routine. That won't happen until a new tunnel is built under the Hudson River, a project that faces lingering questions over how much funding President Donald Trump's administration will provide.

Service has been stepped up by trains, buses and ferries in anticipation of the busier commute.

Monday marks the first day of the "Summer of Hell" for Penn Station commuters.

NJ Transit executive director Steve Santoro says this "will not be a normal commute".

Several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit will have to contend with fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures in Penn Station.

Amtrak is beginning extensive repairs to tracks and signals in Penn Station Monday, prompted by two recent derailments and other problems that spotlighted the station's aging infrastructure.

Commuters are advised to sign up for MTA alerts, buy tickets ahead of time and travel closer to the start or end of rush hour to avoid crowds.



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