The so-called Summer of Hell started Monday for New York City commuters and tourists forced to bear extended delays as repair work begins on railway lines into New York's Pennsylvania Station. The terminal serves 600,000 riders a day, making it the busiest passenger train hub for the business capital of the United States.
Manhattan employers are expected to lose about $14.5 million for each hour that commuters from New Jersey and Long Island are delayed. The repair work complicating schedules for the three rail operators that use Penn Station, The National Raid Corporation, Amtrak and regional commuter train operators, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad.
All three have cancelled some routes or services into Penn station, rerouted others and warn commuters to expect delays, leaving travelers scrambling to find alternative routes into the city including buses, ferries and cars. But delays at Penn station have become routine after a series of derailments highlighting the urgency of the repairs.
The most recent incident occurred last week when 180 people had to be rescued from a New Jersey transit train that derailed as it emerged on the New York side of a tunnel under the Hudson river. The partial shut down is scheduled to continue through September 1st.>>