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11 July 2017, 12:43 | Katrina Lee
Long Island Rail Road passengers wait for the next train at Penn Station on Thursday
Brendan Delany, who commutes two hours each way from New Jersey to NY, directed his ire at Amtrak, which owns and operates Penn Station.
Ingoglia noted efforts his agency has made online and elsewhere to warn the public of the congestion that is expected when up to 16,000 commuters are added to the 23,000 people who usually flow through the Hoboken station each day.
"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. Two LIRR riders are already suing the MTA, the LIRR and New York City Transit-alleging negligence for the amount of emotional distress they've endured. 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.
"The morning rush hour is going according to plan".
Amtrak workers continue ongoing infrastructure renewal work on the tracks beneath Penn Station, Sunday, July 9, 2017, in NY.
For the next few months, Gothamist is partnering with WNYC to steer a course through the commuter rail, subway, ferry, and charter bus muck.
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For several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit as well as Amtrak passengers who ride between Boston and Washington, D.C. the Penn Station work means fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures to accommodate the repairs. "I actually moved to Hoboken to not deal with this from Bergen County because Penn Station was so bad and now I feel like we're dealing with it all over again".
With the uncertainty of how painful their commutes may be, some say they may avoid NJ TRANSIT all together.
Less-disruptive track work will continue near Penn Station into 2018, Amtrak said.
PATH is cross honoring NJ TRANSIT ticket holders and will have trains running every five minutes during the morning and evening commute.
The work is scheduled to last through the end of August. "We've developed an array of options available for all the Long Island Rail Road passengers".
In a survey aimed at illustrating the financial hardship caused by the city's subway system, almost 75 percent of respondents blamed trains for their late arrival at work during the last three months, while 13 percent said they'd been docked wages.
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