New York City Commuters Brace For 'Summer Of Hell'

Laura Christensen
July 11, 2017

A massive two-month fix project will launch Monday at the country's busiest train station.

Cuomo had dubbed the anticipated fix delays the "summer of hell" for LIRR commuters because the work will reduce the number of tracks available to run rush-hour trains in Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail hub. The diversion is expected to add 30 to 45 minutes to commutes. This was not known immediately, on Twitter New Jersey Transit. Roughly 600,000 people pass through each day on trains and New York City subways. The rail tunnels under the Hudson River, which connect Manhattan to New Jersey and the rest of the country, are more than 100 years old and were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

New York Waterway ferries will be running every 15 minutes between Hoboken and New York during rush hour. "Everybody's just bumping into each other, pushing each other to get to their destination".

All tolls on major commuting crossings are also cashless.

Since the early birds get to skip Hoboken, NJ TRANSIT platforms in Chatham and Summit were unusually packed around 6 a.m. with commuters who woke up early to catch the last direct train to Penn Station Monday. "I actually moved to Hoboken to not deal with this from Bergen County because Penn Station was so bad and now I feel like we're dealing with it all over again".

NJ Transit executive director Steve Santoro says this "will not be a normal commute".

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The repairs are expected to last through August.

In a survey aimed at illustrating the financial hardship caused by the city's subway system, almost 75 percent of respondents blamed trains for their late arrival at work during the last three months, while 13 percent said they'd been docked wages.

Perhaps because the disruptions were so long planned, commuters had time to make contingency plans and nearly everyone AFP spoke to Monday said their journey had not been as bad as they had expecting.

Between now and September 1, as many as five of Penn Station's 21 tracks will be shut down for repairs.

Commuters are advised to sign up for MTA alerts, buy tickets ahead of time and travel closer to the start or end of rush hour to avoid crowds.

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