Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call to reduce fares on the Long Island Rail Road during the upcoming “summer of hell”, the MTA has followed through on his request.
MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim announced during today’s LIRR committee meeting that the railroad will be freezing all payments to Amtrak.
At a press conference on Monday morning, the MTA unveiled its summer service plans for Long Island Rail Road commuters who will be adversely affected by Amtrak’s “summer of hell” Penn Station repair program. The LIRR announced its plans a week after New Jersey Transit and Amtrak released their schedules.
Today, Amtrak announced more details regarding its upcoming Penn Station repair program, which is set to begin in about a month.
In a joint letter sent out late Thursday night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the privatization of Penn Station and its operations.
In a hearing similar to the one in New Jersey about a few weeks ago, top Amtrak executives were questioned today by New York lawmakers about the recent issues plaguing New York Penn Station.
The latest in a string of long commutes, an Amtrak signal problem around 4pm caused massive delays at Penn Station, the nation’s busiest railroad station. The incident caused a severe reduction in service on the Long Island Rail Road, as well as delays lasting over forty-five minutes on New Jersey Transit, the two largest passenger railroads in the country. It is not immediately clear what caused the issue with the infrastructure.