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Amtrak accelerating Penn Station work, warns of further rail delays through summer

NEW YORK — Amtrak says it is accelerating repair work at New York’s Penn Station beginning next month, and warns of further delays for already beleaguered commuters.

Amtrak announced Thursday it will begin replacing tracks and signals in May and will continue the work through the summer.

“These projects will require track closures, operational coordination and schedule changes, which will impact the service of all of the railroads operating in Penn Station,” an Amtrak news release warns.

Service on Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road will be affected, though Amtrak didn’t offer specifics.

“Once this plan is finalized, we and our partner railroads will communicate the plan and its impact to the public and provide continuous updates as the work progresses,” Amtrak states, adding it will “make every effort to minimize disruptions to all customers.”

Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman said the work was to have been spread out over a few years, but recent events prompted the decision to do the work more quickly.

Commuters have endured major delays several times in the last month due to derailments and electrical problems.

Hundreds of thousands of commuters and travelers from up and down the East Coast pass through the station each day.