August 30, 2019 Amtrak Set to Complete Summer Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station On Schedule, Within Budget and Safely

Scheduled operations resume as of Tuesday, Sept.3

NEW YORK – Amtrak engineering forces have completed the 2019 summer infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station, allowing for scheduled operations to resume Tuesday, Sept. 3 as planned. The work was also completed safely and within budget by the Amtrak team working on the project. Amtrak will host a call early next week to discuss in-depth details on the project and will be issuing a media advisory shortly with a date, time and dial-in information.

“We’re proud to announce and celebrate another successful round of renewal work at New York Penn Station, which signifies our commitment to investments in infrastructure and safety,” said Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson. “We thank our customers as well as our partners at NJ 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 summer’s work focused on an estimated $30 million investment in the overall renewal of JO railroad interlocking at the east end of the station, which Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and NJ TRANSIT trains ride on to travel in and out of New York Penn Station heading east and west from the East River Tunnels. The program included complete track replacement of all switches on the east end of 14, 15, and 16 tracks. All signaling systems that interface with this equipment, signal machines and cables, were also replaced. Amtrak forces were able to take advantage of the track outages to also replace all third rail and power cables, install new LED lighting at JO interlocking and under the platform, and repaint the platforms

The Infrastructure Renewal Program, benefits New York State with an upgraded, state-of-the art railroad and is one element of Amtrak’s plan to modernize stations, infrastructure and equipment on the Northeast Corridor. Additional information and updates can be found at Amtrak.com and Amtrak.com/NYPrenewal.

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