Amtrak Summer Repair Work Starts Monday

NJ Transit pulling into Plainfield's Netherwood station Credits: Jennifer Popper

NEW YORK, NY – In light of the pending Amtrak summer repair work at Penn Station, New York, and the summer service changes to accommodate the upgrades, Steven H. Santoro, Executive Director at NJ Transit has issued a statement that reads, in part:

“If you haven’t done so already, I strongly advise taking some time over the next few days to visit to see how these changes will affect your travel pattern.  We’ve been talking a lot about the impact on the Morris & Essex Lines (M&E), but all customers should take a few moments to double check their commutes to see if times or station stops have changed as this will not be a normal summer of commuting.”

“As you look through the information and decide what your best option is, it’s a good idea to have two routes in mind.  So if you are planning on taking the train to Hoboken and boarding a ferry, also keep in mind some of the bussing options and vice versa.”

NJ Transit has also provided the following tips:

  • Stay informed: Learn what has changed with your commute and identify the best travel options for you. Make use of the maps and handouts that NJ TRANSIT staff will be distributing at stations and terminals that outline new services and fare policies.  Use the MyTix feature on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app to see up-to-the-minute updates.
  • Stay connected: From Twitter and Instagram to Facebook and YouTube, NJ TRANSIT is maintaining a presence on social media to keep you informed of service delays, disruptions and changes. Also, we have a dedicated web site, The Update, where you can download the latest information.
  • Stay ahead: The first few days will be tough for all of us as we navigate through new travel territory. Allow extra travel time.
  • Stay cool: There will be days when the crowds seem larger than before or the delays longer than expected and that will take a toll on tempers and patience. But, if we all stay cool, respect the train crews and don’t let these frustrations take over, everyone will get to where they need to be.

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