Ray RaimundiJul 14, 2017, 9:17 pm

Amtrak says it has reconstructed 1 of 3 tracks at Penn Station

Agency releases progress report of repairs as 1st week of summer schedule comes to a close


As the first work week of track construction at Penn Station draws to a close, Amtrak is congratulating itself on what they're calling a successful debut week.

This week has been filled with highs and lows for area transit agencies. While there was overcrowding on platforms and commuter cars, the scheduling of trains went off without a hitch and Amtrak is giving themselves a pat on the back.

"To date, we are seeing very few issues in terms of trains coming and going on time. In fact, the station has run well over 90 percent on time," said Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek.

Now as far as construction, Amtrak released a comprehensive report that details how much progress was made in the tunnels.

The most difficult of the three-track repair was track number 10. Amtrak says completed this week, includes total reconstruction of Track 10, removal of rail and a third rail, This week’s demolition of Track 10 in terms of the concrete bed has been also completed and that included the removal of 100 cubic yards of concrete.

Ronkonkoma Long Island Railroad riders should be prepared for continued construction and service changes throughout the weekend.

In the meantime, the MTA chairman says while he's proud of the outcome for this week, there's still a great deal more work to be completed for the rest of the 40-plus days left until construction in Penn Station is complete.

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