NY commuters endure start of 'summer of hell'


"We like to think it's quiet because a lot of people did their homework", New Jersey Transit spokesman Charles Ingoglia said while standing outside the Hoboken train and ferry stations. "Everybody's just bumping into each other, pushing each other, to get to their destination". He said his trip took about 45 minutes longer than normal.

Fed up, two commuters filed a class action lawsuit against the Metro Transit Authority and Long Island Rail Road in mid-June, charging the agencies with negligence and infliction of emotional distress, the NY Post reported.

Amtrak's plan for the accelerated work came after two trains derailed at Penn Station in less than two weeks this spring.

But the overall plan which diverted Morris & Essex Lines trains to Hoboken between July 10 and September 1 remains the same for the afternoon, he said.

The station handles twice as many daily train movements, about 1,300, as it did then.

Brendan Delany, who commutes two hours each way from New Jersey to NY, directed his ire at Amtrak, which owns and operates Penn Station. He says some commuters also could be on vacation. If elected, Guadagno said she plans to create a new funding formula for transpiration and eliminate a four-member panel that now oversees transportation. "It's definitely more crowded than usual".

Thousands of riders were funneled into chaotic train depots, but the more apocalyptic warnings proved overstated as other commuters sailed into midtown Manhattan with relative ease, in part because of a substantial public awareness campaign. People probably left for work earlier anticipating delays and derailments.

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NY commuters endure start of 'summer of hell'

Asked if her clients were anxious about the travel disruptions, she said, "We're all living in the United States of Anxiety". "I felt bad for the regular people who had to stand".

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

Even on a good day, New York City's Pennsylvania Station barely works.

Rail commuters into New York City are facing new routines as Amtrak begins extensive repairs to tracks and signals in Penn Station.

That is expected to take at least another decade to complete, although federal funding for the project is in question after President Donald Trump proposed changing a federal grant program that was supposed to be used for it.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy claimed on Monday that the "summer of hell" could have been avoided had Gov. Chris Christie not "defunded NJ Transit by 90%".

Speaking Monday morning, MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said, so far, "everything has been on time" and "working according to plan".

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