Repairs done, normal service to resume at Penn Station

NEW YORK — Amtrak has completed the track work at New York City's Penn Station that forced the railroads that share the busy transit hub to curtail service for eight weeks, officials said Thursday.

Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman said the repairs were completed "on time, on budget and most importantly, safely."

Normal service into and out of Penn Station will resume Tuesday for Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road.

All three railroads reduced service when the repair work started in early July.

The repairs centered on the sorting mechanism that routes trains between New York and New Jersey as well as trains to the LIRR's West Side railyard.

Moorman said Amtrak workers installed 897 track ties, 1,100 feet (335 meters) of rail, 176 yards (161 meters) of concrete and four of the track crossover structures called complex diamond crossings.

Amtrak officials say additional repair work still to be completed will be done on nights and weekends and won't affect service.

That work will include upgrading Penn Station restrooms and waiting areas.