Amtrak Finishes “Summer of Hell” Work

The so-called “Summer of Hell” at Penn Station is coming to an end.

Amtrak officials announced that they have completed emergency repairs and regular operations will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

“This accelerated work was an enormous undertaking. We did it on time, on budget, and most importantly, safely,” said Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman in a statement.

Emergency repairs were ordered after a series of Penn Station this year.  That included derailments and signal problems.

Amtrak said 360 employees worked around-the-clock to install 897 track ties, 1,100 feet of rails, 1,000 tons of ballast and 7 switches.  Officials said the work is part of the agency’s plan to modernize its infrastructure and equipment.

Despite warnings that the repairs would lead to a nightmare commute, there were very few problems.

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