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Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station

Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station

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Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station

Renewal concrete pour

Amtrak forces pour concrete to secure newly-installed block ties at New York Penn Station

Renewal crane

Amtrak crews replace panels on track 10 during Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station


Amtrak's track construction team use abrasive rail cutting saws to ensure components are installed per design specifications.

Amtrak will continue to upgrade its infrastructure at New York Penn Station in 2018 as part of the next phase of the Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station. The projects will occur in the area of Track 15, which requires a section of concrete demolition and replacement (similar to the work on Track 10 during the summer of 2017), and Track 18, which requires localized concrete demolition with complex steel hardware replacement and rail renewal within Penn Station New York. In addition to this work, Amtrak will renew and replace three turnouts in “C” Interlocking, which is at the east end of the station and directs Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains to routes heading east and to Sunnyside Yard.

While the bulk of the renewal work for 2018 will occur on weekends, there will be a series of continuous single-track closures within the Station from January 5, 2018 through May 28, 2018, which will require minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations at New York Penn Station. Amtrak is working with NJ TRANSIT and Long Island Rail Road on an overall service plan that minimizes the impact to all New York Penn Station customers to the greatest extent possible.

Summer Renewal Work

Amtrak will continue its Infrastructure Renewal Program this summer by performing critical reconstruction of three major railroad infrastructure assets in New York City: The Empire Tunnel and Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, which provides train access between Upstate New York and New York Penn Station, as well as renewal work on Track 19 in New York Penn Station.

Due to the work on the Empire Connection and Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, Empire ServiceEthan Allen ExpressAdirondack and Maple Leaf trains will all be rerouted from New York Penn Station to Grand Central Terminal between Saturday, May 26, and Tuesday, September 4. The Lake Shore Limited will only operate between Boston and Chicago, with New York City and Hudson Valley customers connecting from Empire Service trains at Albany-Rensselaer.

While the schedules have yet to be finalized, there will be less service impacts and schedule changes compared to Summer 2017. The work on Track 19 will occur between Friday, June 8 and Friday, July 20. The modified schedule Amtrak announced in January 2018 will continue until the work on Track 19 is complete. LIRR and NJ TRANSIT will each assume responsibility for helping their passengers navigate any changes in service or schedule, if they have any as a result of this work.

The Infrastructure Renewal Program is one element of Amtrak’s plan to modernize stations, infrastructure and equipment on the Northeast Corridor.

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