“Summer Of Hell” Day 1 mostly a success for transit agencies, riders

The first day of the so-called “Summer of Hell” emergency track repair program at Penn Station appears to have largely gone off without a hitch.

After months of planning, almost all trains across the regional transportation agencies — Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, Long Island Rail Road, and PATH — ran on or close to schedule. Nearly all passengers had heeded the warnings of transit executives, and had planned alternate routes.

However, not all commuters travelled unscathed. Many PATH trains departing Hoboken station with diverted NJ Transit riders were filled beyond capacity. Signal issues near Valley Stream added precious minutes of delays to LIRR trains. Several NJ Transit trains were cancelled, leaving passengers stranded. Many of the current travel arrangements, such as the ferries from Long Island, still leave much to be desired.

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