Amtrak is continuing its work to renew the infrastructure at New York Penn Station. In 2018, Amtrak engineering crews will replace two tracks and three turnouts at Penn Station. This work is part of Amtrak’s ongoing maintenance program to improve New York Penn Station’s infrastructure operations performance and reliability.
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Amtrak Executive Vice President of Planning, Technology and Public Affairs Stephen J. Gardner; New Jersey Senate Legislative Oversight Committee and Assembly Judiciary Committee; Service and Renewal Plans at New York Penn Station (5/31/17)
New York Penn Station is the busiest train station in America, handling more than 1,300 train movements every weekday. The animation below is an accelerated depiction of regularly scheduled inbound and outbound trains at New York Penn Station during 40 minutes of a normal rush hour (8:00 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.). Each of the arrows and red lines indicates a train in the station. As you can see, the station is filled with trains constantly moving and consuming every available space.
Rush Hour at New York Penn Station
Amtrak trains traverse the recently completed A- Interlocking, a critical piece of infrastructure that was renewed this summer as part of the Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station.
The above New York Penn Station track map highlights one of the most complex interlockings on the Northeast Corridor – A Interlocking – the critical sorting mechanism that routes trains entering and exiting Penn Station from the Hudson River tunnels and the Long Island Rail Road’s West Side Yard across 21 tracks. A Interlocking, the area shaded in orange, is where the infrastructure renewal work will take place this summer.