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Amtrak releases service changes for Penn Station repairs

31 May 2017

Amtrak's reservation systems have been updated to reflect these schedule changes and any passenger already booked on a train that has been canceled or altered will be contacted and accommodated on other scheduled services. The agency announced the summer fix project in April after two derailments and other major service disruptions highlighted the station's aging infrastructure.

There were 1,000 passengers on the first train, all of whom exited at Penn Station, the MTA spoke man said. Changes to the Empire service, which operates between Niagara Falls, Albany and NY, has not been announced.

Amtrak said on Tuesday that it would cancel three round-trip trains every weekday between NY and Washington, D.C., when it starts major repairs this summer at New York's Pennsylvania Station.

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Long Island Rail Road riders heading into the city are experiencing some major delays this morning. The two commuter lines carry hundreds of thousands people each weekday. The work was ordered after two recent derailments and numerous other delays.

NY is a major choke point on the railroad's Northeast Corridor, its most lucrative route, between Boston and Washington.

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Among the changes are reductions to service between NY and Washington, D.C., and between NY and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

There has been an nearly 3 million passenger increase in just over 10 years.

NJ Transit service did not appear to be affected by the issue as of 8 a.m.

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Amtrak releases service changes for Penn Station repairs