Regular Penn Station transit to return Tuesday after ‘Summer of Hell’

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The so-called “Summer of Hell” is over, and Penn Station commuters will get to return to their normal routine next week.

Amtrak’s intensive construction in Manhattan began eight weeks ago, altering schedules that will finally return to normal beginning on Tuesday during the morning rush hour.

This means commuters on NJ Transit’s Essex and Morris lines can come straight through Penn Station instead of Hoboken.

Amtrak says it made updates to six football fields’ worth of track under Penn Station, replacing track ties, ballast and concrete.

Amtrak COO Scot Naparstek says that after several derailments last spring, he’s hoping for service that is, if not perfect, at least reliable.

Naparstek thanked passengers for their cooperation, as well as PATH and New York Waterway for their accommodation of displaced customers.

Amtrak says that it still has a lot of work to do at Penn Station in the future, but that it will be performed during off times so that commuters aren’t impacted.

Officials have continued to push for funding from Congress to begin work on new Gateway tunnels, claiming that the infrastructure is too old and that action is urgent.

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