NY commuters endure start of 'summer of hell'

NY commuters endure start of 'summer of hell'

Cuomo had dubbed the anticipated fix delays the "summer of hell" for LIRR commuters because the work will reduce the number of tracks available to run rush-hour trains in Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail hub.

"Getting home is what I'm anxious about", said Corey Wright, 38, who commutes from Huntington, Long Island, to Penn Station.

Amtrak is beginning extensive repairs to tracks and signals in Penn Station Monday, prompted by two recent derailments and other problems that spotlighted the station's aging infrastructure.

Earlier this morning on New York's subway system, signal problems led to delays for the northbound 2 and 5 trains and southbound A, C and E trains.

The "Summer of Hell" is expected to wrap up on September 1.

He says almost all the passengers getting off NJ Transit trains were flooding into the same PATH entrance, leaving a second one much less crowded. Coast Line riders bound for New York City or the Hoboken area would have to transfer to other trains or the PATH in Newark to get to work.

Since the early birds get to skip Hoboken, NJ TRANSIT platforms in Chatham and Summit were unusually packed around 6 a.m. with commuters who woke up early to catch the last direct train to Penn Station Monday.

The station, owned by Amtrak, moved up the repairs after a year of derailments and sewer issues interfered with the station's operations.

At the Maplewood train station in New Jersey, the state's former Governor Richard Codey, 70, a senator, offered donuts and coffee to commuters to ease anxieties.

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

Even so, Amtrak reported most of its trains ran on time or close to it, and travelers heeded the increased public service announcements and Amtrak representatives who were posted in Penn Station.

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

"The test - the second piece of this is tonight", said Charles Ingoglia, an NJ Transit spokesman said.

NJ Transit also is checking commuter reports on Twitter and making minor adjustments based on comments and suggestions, Ingoglia said.

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

PATH is cross honoring NJ TRANSIT ticket holders and will have trains running every five minutes during the morning and evening commute.

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

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