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Christie: NJ Transit could have summer work schedule soon

Gov. Chris Christie said Monday evening that NJ Transit and Amtrak were close to releasing a final schedule for construction work this summer at New York Penn Station.

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Governor Chris Christie announces new 360-degree cameras on NJ Transit buses at the NJ Transit Newark Central Maintenance Facility
(Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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NJ Transit, Amtrak have not agreed on Penn Station work schedule

Gov. Christie said he is not satisfied with what Amtrak is proposing but is getting close.

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2015 derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train
2015 derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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Amtrak engineer charged in 2015 Philly crash that killed 8

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor has charged a speeding Amtrak engineer with causing a catastrophe, eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in a 2015 derailment that came after he accelerated to 106 mph in a 50 mph zone.

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Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo hold a press conference after being briefed on the bi-state security interim report by emergency management personnel from New York and New Jersey in New York,
Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo hold a press conference. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Christie, Cuomo to Amtrak: We want private operator at Penn

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called for a private operator to take over New York's troubled Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail station, where recent derailments and other problems have hampered commuters.

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Holiday service continues on NJ Transit
Workers repair rails inside New York's Penn Station (Chuck Gomez/Amtrak via AP)
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Amtrak to release Penn Station construction schedule next week

Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman, who offered apologies for the recent delays and issues at Penn Station said commuters should expect "two multi-week outage periods this summer but that significant levels of service will continue to operate in the station."

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Electronic sign on the NJ Transit concourse at Penn Station NY showing delayed trainsElectronic sign on the NJ Transit concourse at Penn Station NY showing delayed trains
Electronic sign on the NJ Transit concourse at Penn Station NY showing delayed trains (Justin Lew Block via Twitter @JBlock49)
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Signal problems create long delays for NJ Transit riders at Penn Station

Trains were delayed by 45-60 minutes at Penn Station New York because of Amtrak signal issues in the East River tunnel creating large crowds on the platforms for both NJ Transit and LIRR riders.

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Work on a platform at Penn Station New York
Work on a platform at Penn Station New York (Listener photo)
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Amtrak’s Penn Station plan calls for 44 days of work this summer

Amtrak plans for "continuous rail service curtailments" including weekdays and rush hours, from July 7 through July 25 and August 4 through August 28,

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A #NoPayMay flier
A #NoPayMay flier (Alex Rivera via Twitter @NJGuttenberg)
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Don’t expect NJ Transit to discount or refund money over rail mess

Fliers left on trains encouraged riders to "use your April pass for the month of May" as part of a #NoPayMay campaign following a month of misery on the rail with delayed trains, derailments and overcrowding. NJ Transit.

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Amtrak Track Repairs At Penn Station Expected To Cause Continued Delays
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How will Amtrak repairs impact NJ Transit commute? Wait a few weeks …

Amtrak will meet next week with NJ Transit and LIRR to discuss Penn Station repairs. Until then, the impact on train schedules won't be known.

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Amtrak Track Repairs At Penn Station Expected To Cause Continued Delays
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NJ Transit worries Amtrak repairs will significantly disrupt commuters

Amtrak says major projects at Penn Station will begin in May and continue through the fall. Further work mostly done on weekends will continue through next June.

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