Logan CrawfordSep 5, 2017, 11:49 am

Regular service resumes at NY Penn Station, ending ‘summer of hell’

Amtrak officials promise more reliability after completion of emergency repair work at the hub

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After eight weeks of track repairs at Penn Station reduced service on the LIRR, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak, the Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman says he hopes to see normal operation Tuesday on the first day of regular service.

"I always had a lot of confidence in the Amtrak people that we could do it,” says Moorman. “And I think what you're seeing now is really the result of a lot of hard work, a lot of preparation."

Officials announced last week they finished the work on time. And with the improvements to the web of tracks called "A-Interlocking," Moorman says riders can expect more reliable train service.

"No issues what so ever. The first day back was great," says Seaford commuter, Stewart Nurick.

Penn Station is buzzing with commuters on the first day of trains running at usual times.

New Jersey Transit rider Anas Hasmi says the so called "summer of hell" with fewer trains running was actually easier than his regular commute.

"I don't really like it as much as I did in the summer when there were a lot less people,” says Hashmi. “And a lot less trains coming in."

However, some riders had a smooth morning commute. And hope it stays that way.

"Faster, more frequent and no stopping so it was fantastic," says Princeton New Jersey commuter, Karen Stromswold.

Officials say even though the summer work is done that doesn't mean problems won't happen elsewhere at Penn Station.

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