Amtrak to Continue Work at Penn Station in 2020

Amtrak construction crews prepare to pour concrete into a track bed at New York Penn Station to encase the newly-installed wooden block ties. Concrete hi-rail trucks are challenging to bring into the station due to the complexity of the work and low tunnel clearances. (Photo courtesy of Amtrak)

Amtrak plans to continue its Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station throughout Winter 2020, the railroad announced.

The work is part of Amtrak’s ongoing maintenance program to improve the station’s operations and reliability.

Unlike previous years, this round of renewal work will not require any reductions or modifications for Amtrak or N.J. Transit trains. Long Island Rail Road trains will have minimal schedule modifications, however, as a result of this work.

“Modernizing and investing in infrastructure is a continuous process, and Amtrak is committed to making investments towards updating infrastructure when needed,” Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson said in a news release. “We thank our customers as well as our partners at N.J. Transit and Long Island Rail Road for their patience and continued cooperation with our efforts to keep this important infrastructure in a state of good repair.”

This work focuses on Tracks 11 and 14 and will begin Friday, Jan. 3. and is scheduled to conclude Friday, April 17, 2020. Amtrak is investing $7.6 million for this project.

It includes removing, replacing and installing new timber block ties and concrete. Workers will also collect and dispose of general debris, and installing a safety construction barrier on the platform to protect passengers.

New York Penn Station is the busiest train station in the country, handling more than 1,300 train movements every weekday. Over the past three years, Amtrak has made significant strides and more than $150 million of investments.

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