Amtrak’s next series of track renewal projects in New York Penn Station may create some disruptions at travels as some train routes are cancelled and some schedules are revised.
As part of the Infrastructure Renewal program, works will begin on Friday, Jan. 5, with revised scheduled train operations commencing on Monday, Jan. 8.The bulk of the infrastructure renewal work for 2018 is occurring on weekends, as the project scope has not changed since November’s initial announcement. It is still expected to conclude on May 28, 2018, with minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations at New York Penn Station. Amtrak’s revised schedule includes:
- Amtrak cancelled Northeast Regional Trains 110 from Washington, D.C. (WAS) to New York Penn Station (NYP) and 127 from NYP to WAS
- NorthboundKeystone Train 640 is terminating at Newark Penn Station
- Southbound Keystone Train 643 is originating at Newark Penn Station
- Southbound Train 173 is stopping at Newark Airport
- Southbound Trains 129, 193 and 653 are all having earlier departure times.
- Train 170 is also departing WAS early, is stopping at North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights and resuming its schedule from Trenton
The project is occurring 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. In addition, Amtrak is renewing and replacing three turnouts in “C” Interlocking, which directs Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains to routes heading east and to Sunnyside Yard.
During the summer of 2017, Amtrak accelerated its Infrastructure Renewal program at New York Penn Station, which is one element of Amtrak’s plan to modernize stations, infrastructure, and equipment on the Northeast Corridor.
Amtrak’s reservation systems are updated to reflect these schedules and passengers who were booked on a cancelled or altered train have been contacted and re-accommodated. Additional information can be found on Amtrak.com/NYPrenewal.