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More Penn Station Renovation Work Planned

September 7, 2019

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.

SW Chief to Remain Intact for FY2019

October 5, 2018

The proposed 500-mile bus bridge for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is on hold for at least another year.

During a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee this week Amtrak said it would continue to operate the Chicago-Los Angeles train as it is now through the end of fiscal year 2019, which began on Oct. 1.

Amtrak’s chief operating officer, Scot Naparstek, was noncommittal, though, when prodded by senators representing the states along the route who are seeking to get Amtrak to release $3 million it earlier pledged to use to rebuild tracks used by the train.

Colfax County, New Mexico, earlier won a $16 million federal TIGER grant for the track rebuilding.

“At this point we’re committed to work with the stakeholders and try to reach a conclusion,” Naparstek said.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) said in news release that it is imperative for Amtrak to improve the route of the Chief.

“I reiterate the need for Amtrak to work with the communities impacted to create a real plan for the future of the Southwest Chief,” he said in a statement.

Amtrak has proposed replacing the train with bus service between Albuquerque and Dodge City, Kansas, saying the route lacks a positive train control system.

There would have still been rail service between Chicago and Dodge City, and between Los Angeles and Albuquerque.