NJ Transit, commuters gear up for upcoming repairs at Penn Station

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New Jersey Transit is gearing up for Monday’s morning commute when Amtrak kicks off two months of repairs at Penn Station.

What many are calling the "Summer of Hell" starts Monday and will involve an estimated two months of changes. Amtrak will be shutting down several tracks at Penn Station for much needed repairs.

NJ Transit spokesman Charles Ingoglia says commuters need to make preparations now.

"The people that do their homework are going to have an easier time of that then the folks that get off a train and say what do I do next?" says Ingoglia.

The most impacted will be the 23,000 commuters on the Morris and Essex lines. Most of those trains will no longer be going to Penn Station. Morristown and Gladstone midtown direct lines will be re-routed to Hoboken, with all except four trains getting into Penn Station before 7 a.m.

The remaining commuters will take rides to Hoboken to take the PATH or ferry. However, the midtown direct trains and some additional buses will not be doing the return commute.

"Be aware of what service you took in because it may not be available on the way out," says Ingoglia.

Most NJ Transit lines will stay intact. The agency says three out of four rides will be affected by schedule changes.

Amtrak says at this point they are on schedule, but unforeseen delays may come up if work plans change.

NJ Transit is promising fast communication.

"We can't predict everything that going to happen to you, but we can tell you we're going to do our best to tell you what we know as soon as we know," says Ingoglia.

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