Amtrak: Work is ahead of schedule at Penn Station

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MINEOLA -

So far, the so-called "Summer of Hell" has not been so hellish. 

Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek says work to repair the aging infrastructure at Penn Station is ahead of schedule. 

"My real message is we expect, and it is my job to deliver, to return that station full service by the Labor Day period, and that is what we are committed to," said Naparstek. 

Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed doubt that Amtrak will be able to finish its track and switch renewal work inside of the projected two-month time frame. 

Although trains have been on or close to schedule all week, riders who spoke with News 12 Long Island said it is too early to celebrate any victories. 

There have been some hiccups. The 34th Street ferry to Glen Cove was canceled Friday after electrical issues. The MTA did provide an express bus for those customers, as well as enough time for commuters to sort out another option.
 

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