September 4, 2018 Amtrak Resumes Service of Five Popular Train Routes at New York Penn Station

Summer Infrastructure Renewal Program completed on schedule

NEW YORK – Amtrak has completed its summer infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station, allowing the Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, and Maple Leaf trains  to return to New York Penn Station on Tuesday, Sept. 4 as planned. Since Saturday, May 26, these four trains that travel to and from Northern New York and Canada were running in and out of New York Grand Central Terminal to accommodate the track and infrastructure upgrades. Additionally, the Lake Shore Limited has also returned to New York Penn Station, reconnecting direct service between Chicago and New York City.

“We are proud to announce that we’ve completed this renewal project on schedule and within budget,” said Scot Naparstek, Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “As always, we want to thank our customers for their patience, our commuter partners for their continued cooperation and for the confidence both groups have in Amtrak to improve train reliability for customers traveling in, out and through New York City.”

These trains operate daily and travel through the beautiful Hudson Valley on its way to or from unique locations in the Northeast. In Amtrak’s 2017 fiscal year, these trains combined for more than 2 million passengers.

This summer’s work focused on critical reconstruction of three major railroad infrastructure assets in New York City: The Empire Connection, Spuyten Duyvil Bridge and Track 19 at New York Penn Station. The total cost of the summer renewal work is estimated between $45 and $50 million, which will keep this important infrastructure in a state of good repair for Amtrak and benefit New York State with an upgraded, state-of-the art railroad. Overall, Amtrak has invested more than $100 million on its Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station since Summer 2017. The Infrastructure Renewal Program is one element of Amtrak’s plan to modernize stations, infrastructure and equipment on the Northeast Corridor.

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