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.
Late Thursday night, another New Jersey Transit commuter train derailed at Penn Station. According to initial reports, the train was travelling in the vicinity of track 11, a part of the station that is scheduled to receive intensive maintenance beginning on Monday.
NJ Transit said that all train service in and out of Penn was suspended, and that all MidTown Direct trains were to be diverted to Hoboken until further notice. Systemwide cross-honoring with bus carriers and PATH was put in effect.
An Amtrak spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
Following a low on-time performance rating for New Jersey Transit in April 2017, May’s statistics look no better. Only 86.9% of New Jersey Transit’s trains were on time (arriving within six minutes of schedule) within the month of May 2017, as compared to 87.1% in April, and 93.5% in March. This is largely due to many incidents on Amtrak-owned territory, which have severe effects on NJ Transit’s service.
In an effort to hear customers’ frustrations and comments, New Jersey Transit’s senior management will be holding two “We are Listening” forums, which will be open to the public.
This afternoon, New Jersey Transit released its updated summer schedules, for use between July 10 and September 1.
In a hearing on Wednesday, officials from numerous transit agencies, including New Jersey Transit and Amtrak, were questioned by New Jersey lawmakers about the upcoming “summer of hell” due to Amtrak’s aggressive Penn Station repair program.
Today, Amtrak announced more details regarding its upcoming Penn Station repair program, which is set to begin in about a month.