Summer of Hell Begins at Penn Station

For the next eight weeks, commuters will face disruptions and crowding because of emergency repair work being done at Penn Station.

The Long Island Railroad will see a 20 percent reduction in service.  Two extra cars are being added to trains to try and alleviate overcrowding.  There will also be ferries available at Glen Cove and Long Island City.

“There will be enough seats for everybody as if it was a normal day.  It’ll just be at different times and we’re encouraging all of our passengers, all of our customers, to look at the schedule and figure out what works for them,” MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said.

Some trains will be diverted to Hunters Point Avenue, Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal.  Those riders will have a reduced fare and will have their tickets honored on the subway.

On New Jersey Transit, Midtown Direct trains on the Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch will be diverted to Hoboken.  PATH is increasing service on the Hoboken to 33rd Street line and will honor rail tickets.

As work begins at Penn Station, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that all non-emergency construction be suspended from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. on major roadways in the city.  He said that will help assist the LIRR’s bus service into the city by keeping the major arteries clear.

"As New Yorkers adjust their plans, we are doing everything possible to ease the burden on commuters and travelers. By suspending construction and implementing critical roadwork changes, we are taking action to ensure New Yorkers can get where they need to go as quickly and easily as possible," Governor Cuomo said.

Repairs at Penn Station continue until September 1st.

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