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Delays, Changes at Penn Station – 7/10 to 9/1

Penn Station NYC main entrance by Rickyrab at English Wikipedia via Wikimedia Com-mons Penn Station NYC main entrance by Rickyrab at English Wikipedia via Wikimedia Com-mons

Amtrak has amended its schedules to/from Penn Station, New York, July 10 through Sept. 1. You probably read of the several recent derailments inside the busy station; the schedule change is necessary for repairs.

Specific changes (copied from Amtrak’s website):

  • Acela Express: No changes.
  • Northeast Regional Service: Three round trip trains (six total trains) between New York City and Washington, D.C. canceled. Service between New York City and Boston will operate at currently scheduled levels.
  • 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 currently scheduled levels.
  • Empire Service: To be announced shortly.
  • Long-Distance Service: The Crescent, operating between New York City and New Orleans, will originate and terminate in Washington, D.C. daily during work period. Connections will be provided on other Northeast Corridor trains.

Amtrak’s reservation systems have been updated to reflect these schedule changes and any passenger already booked on a train that has been canceled or altered will be contacted and accommodated on other scheduled services.

That mysterious “to be announced shortly” statement for the Empire (New York State) reflects the possibility that Amtrak may divert some or all of those trains from Penn Station to Grand Central.

New Jersey Transit (NJT) schedules, and Long Island schedules to a lesser degree, will also change. The main casualty seems to be that NJT’s relatively new direct electric service to Penn Station may be temporarily diverted to Hoboken.

If you’re traveling to/from New York this summer, check with Amtrak, NJT, and Long Island websites for the latest schedules.

Ed Perkins, editor

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