Plan to fix Penn Station problems could affect LIRR riders

Amtrak says it plans to fix the aging infrastructure at Penn Station, which could mean further headaches for Long Island Rail Road riders. Amtrak says it plans to fix the aging infrastructure at Penn Station, which could mean further headaches for Long Island Rail Road riders.
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Amtrak says it plans to fix the aging infrastructure at Penn Station, which could mean further headaches for Long Island Rail Road riders.

The company, which owns and operates Penn Station, says those fixes might result in more "delays and cancellations." After roughly 30 days during which multiple derailments and other incidents caused service disruptions to occur, Long Island commuters say they have had enough.

Vicky Ruggiere, of Wantagh, who travels eastbound on the LIRR, says the problems at Penn have affected her commute.

"A few weeks ago I couldn't get back, I had to have someone drive me home because of what was going on in Penn Station," she says.

The most recent incident happened Tuesday evening, when power problems in an East River tunnel caused delays, cancellations and even the suspension of all westbound LIRR service to Penn. Amtrak said the disturbance was due to a problem with an overhead power line.

On Wednesday, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board member Mitch Pally stopped a routine meeting before it ended to get an update on all of the problems LIRR commuters have faced.

The MTA's interim executive director says that after the first week in April, when problems were happening, they sent a letter to Amtrak requesting explanations and action. She says they hope to have the results from an inspection on Thursday.

Amtrak told News 12 in a statement that it will work with the LIRR and New Jersey Transit to "minimize service impacts."

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