More Penn Station Renovation Work Planned

Although work has been completed for the summer of 2019 restoration project at New York Penn Station, Amtrak officials are looking ahead to the next phases of renovation set for the facility.

Work will continue on switches and tracks through next may and will be performed during 55-hour windows on weekend and during weekday nights when few trains are using the station.

Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said this work is not expected to delay passengers unless other operating issues occur.’

In that event, he said, “our flexibility may be limited.”

Naparstek said weekly station track Inspections will determine a new five-year plan for upcoming work, including which tracks and switches need attention first, as well as planning for trackwork in the East River Tunnel.

He said tracks from the ends of the station platforms to the Hudson and East River tunnel entrances will need repair soon.

Although work is being planned for summer 2020, Naparstek said it is too early to discuss what that will involve because the Amtrak engineering staff and the commuter railroads using the station are still meeting to define that project.

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