Service Changes For NJ TRANSIT Riders As Penn Station Repairs Begin

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The repairs will improve reliability, but they won't add capacity or ease overcrowding at Penn Station.

Less-disruptive track work will continue near Penn Station into 2018, Amtrak said.

"A lot of confusion and too many people gathered in one space", said Lex Marshall, 35, of Morristown.

There appeared no indication of the derailment that happened at 9 pm on a train that has on board around 100 to 150 people with severe damage or injuries.

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New York Waterway ferries will be running every 15 minutes between Hoboken and New York during rush hour. The 35-year-old says everybody's just bumping into each other, pushing each other to get to their destination.

During the work, New York City area commuters will face major delays due to significant reductions in commuter rail service on New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad.

A solitary century-old tunnel used by all trains crossing under the Hudson River - one track in, one track out - was damaged in Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and will also need fix work in the future.

Service has been stepped up by trains, buses and ferries in anticipation of the busier commute.

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PATH will accept NJ Transit tickets at Hoboken, 33rd Street and the World Trade Center stations, according to Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek. "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".

The work is scheduled to last through the end of August.

Several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit will have to contend with fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures in Penn Station.

Some commuters are preparing for a "summer of hell", given separate recurring problems with New York's heavily used subway system.

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