After the completion of Amtrak repair work at Penn Station New York from the summer, New Jersey Transit is restoring adjusted rail service into and out of New York City, including all affected Montclair-Boonton Midtown Direct trains on Sept. 9th.
As part of regular rail schedule changes slated for Sept. 8, other adjustments will be made throughout the system to enhance the customer experience, meet demand and accommodate critical infrastructure improvements.
Amtrak engineers completed summer infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station, allowing for scheduled operations to resume Sept. 3 as planned. Amtrak said its work was also completed safely and within budget.
“The restoration of regular service will make for faster, smoother commutes for the nearly 90,000 NJ Transit customers who travel to and from Penn Station New York every day, and our thanks go out to Amtrak for completing this necessary project quickly and on-schedule and our customers for their patience and understanding,” NJ Transit President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett said in a statement.
In addition to the resumption of PSNY service, there are some minor adjustments made as part of NJ Transit’s regular ridership analysis to provide better service for customers. Schedules will be available online and onboard trains starting Sept. 4.
Amtrak’s work focused on an estimated $30 million investment in the overall renewal of JO railroad interlocking at the east end of the station, which Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit trains ride on to travel in and out of New York Penn Station heading east and west from the East River Tunnels. The program included complete track replacement of all switches on the east end of 14, 15, and 16 tracks.
All signaling systems that interface with this equipment, signal machines and cables were also replaced. Amtrak replaced all third rail and power cables, installed new LED lighting at JO interlocking and under the platform, and repainted the platforms.