New Jersey Transit will be diverting select Midtown Direct rail service on the Montclair-Boonton Line and one North Jersey Coast Line train to Hoboken in order to accommodate Amtrak repair work that will take place at New York City’s Penn Station.
New Jersey Transit executive director Kevin Corbett said New Jersey Transit will require Tracks 14 and 15 in New York City’s Penn Station to be taken out of service from June 17, 2019, to Sept. 6, 2019, resulting in fewer tracks for all railroads. Amtrak will repair and renew one railroad interlockings at the east end of New York Penn Station that direct Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Rail Road trains into and out of the East River tunnels connecting to Sunnyside Yard in Queens in New York City.
“We weighed every option in order to impact the least number of customers while maintaining as many peak period seats as possible,” Corbett said. “These service adjustments are never easy, but the necessary renewal work that is being performed by Amtrak is vital to the reliability of the system, especially in and out of Penn Station New York, which is of immense importance for New Jersey Transit and the region.”
The goal of New Jersey Transit is to allow for the movement of as many customers as possible between New Jersey, through the Hudson River, and into New York City’s Penn Station.
New Jersey Transit will send ambassadors to train stations to assist customers. Five peak period trains will be diverted from New York City Penn Station to Hoboken, New Jersey, in each direction from June 17 to Sept. 6.
New Jersey Transit will list alternative routes on its web site www.njtransit.com/inform. Customers may download the New Jersey Transit mobile app.
New Jersey Transit employees estimate about 5,000 New Jersey Transit customers will be impacted by the scheduled repair work. They estimate customers should allow an extra 30 minutes for their commutes each way.
This upcoming repair work is not related to the installation of positive train control.