Chelsea IrizarryApr 10, 2018, 6:49 pmApr 10, 2018, 6:52 pm

‘Critical reconstruction’ to hit Amtrak lines during summer months

Worried commuters say work needs to be done, but concerned that updates will add to list of problems

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HICKSVILLE — Amtrak announced it will continue its infrastructure renewal program at New York Penn Station during the summer in order to “help provide commuters with more reliable service.” According to an Amtrak spokesperson, the company will perform a “critical reconstruction of three major railroad infrastructure assets.” Work will be done on Track 19 at Penn Station, as well as the Empire Tunnel and the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, which provides train access between Penn Station and upstate New York.

Some Long Island riders say that they are worried about the renovations and work to be done because they will have to deal with modified schedules, as delays and cancellations have already become a “new normal.” Due to the work on the Empire Connection and Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, and Maple Leaf trains will all be rerouted from New York Penn Station to Grand Central Terminal between Saturday, May 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 4. The Lake Shore Limited will only operate between Boston and Chicago, with New York City and Hudson Valley customers connecting from Empire Service trains at Albany-Rensselaer.

The total cost of the projects is estimated to be between $45-50 million.

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