New York City Commuters Brace For 'Summer Of Hell'

Jul 11, 2017, 00:45
New York City Commuters Brace For 'Summer Of Hell'

"So far more smoothly than I expected".

After several recent train derailments, major track repairs at Penn Station are scheduled for the next two months.

"We like to think it's quiet because a lot of people did their homework", New Jersey Transit spokesman Charles Ingoglia said while standing outside the Hoboken train and ferry stations. From there, passengers had to take a PATH train, a bus or a ferry to get to NY.

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

"Everybody is at different levels of breaking point", says Andrew Sarnow, who works in marketing and says he has been battling delays of 30-40 minutes for the last two months on his commute from Princeton, New Jersey. 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.

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

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In response to the issues, PATH is adding enough trains so that one will arrive every five minutes. While the MTA claims it has enough train cars to accommodate all LIRR commuters, the game plan includes reducing the number of morning and evening trains to Penn Station with a mix of cancelations and reroutings to subway stations in Brooklyn and Queens.

The repairs are expected to last through August.

Cuomo, touted as a potential Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump in 2020, has also come under pressure to fix New York's problem-plagued subways.

When this summer's work is completed, rail riders will benefit from increased reliability from having up-to-date equipment in and around the station, but will still fall prey to other problems such as electrical wire failures in the tunnel between NY and New Jersey, and signal and track problems in northern New Jersey east of Newark.

That won't happen until the completion of a $12.9billion project to build a new Hudson River tunnel and overhaul the 107-year-old tunnel, damaged by 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

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