Logan CrawfordAug 24, 2017, 6:53 pm

Amtrak: Penn Station repair work on track to finish on time

Regular train schedules should be making a comeback on September 5

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After nearly seven weeks of repairs to tracks at Penn Station and a reduced train schedule, Amtrak officials have announced that things will be back to normal on the Long Island Railroad in less than two weeks.

According to Amtrak, the infrastructure renewal to the web of tracks called A-interlocking will be completed by Labor Day weekend.

They plan to resume regular train service for Amtrak trains, New Jersey Transit, and the LIRR the first workday after the holiday.

Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman extended appreciation to customers for being patient in a statement: "We thank customers for their patience while we renew the infrastructure at New York Penn Station. Our engineering forces are making great progress and we look forward to resuming scheduled operations Sept. 5."

The emergency repairs came after two derailments earlier this year at Penn Station. Amtrak officials say after the work these incidents will be less likely.

Commuter Akari Ishin says his trains have been on time for him this summer but says going back to normal train service is good news for those who have been suffering.

"That’d be great. I hope that it happens and that it helps out a lot of people if it happens," he said.

Amtrak officials say additional work will take place mostly on weekends through June 2018, they say, with minimal impact on commuters and service.

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