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NY commuters enter 'summer of hell' with trepidation

11 July 2017, 12:54 | Lucy Hill

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota speaks at the Air Tran Station on Suphtin Blvd. in Jamaica Queens on Sunday

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The 35-year-old says everybody's just bumping into each other, pushing each other to get to their destination. During the period, during which track space will be reduced by 20 percent, Amtrack, Long Island Railroad and NJ Transit schedules will be greatly impacted.

Long Island Railroad riders reported slightly longer commutes and fewer free seats during an otherwise smooth commute Monday, kicking off a relatively un-hellish start to emergency Penn Station fix work and the much anticipated "summer of hell".

NJ Transit also is checking commuter reports on Twitter and making minor adjustments based on comments and suggestions, Ingoglia said.

PATH officials advised riders to buy fare cards ahead of time or to use the automatic refill feature on Smartlink fare cards to avoid crowding at fare machines seen Monday morning.

This item has been corrected to show the surname of NJ Transit's spokesman is Ingoglia, not Ingoglie.

As a way for the thousands of affected commuters to avoid the inevitable headaches they will face while the work continues through September 1, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota suggested on Sunday that they "try to come in earlier - or later if your job allows it".

The nightmare has begun for commuters traveling in and out of America's busiest train station.

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NY commuters enter 'summer of hell' with trepidation

Nick Sifuentes, the deputy director of the Riders Alliance, said Monday morning's commute was largely fine, but he's more concerned about what happens when everything doesn't go according to plan. PATH trains were running every five minutes out of Hoboken rather than the usual seven-minute interval and additional NJ Transit buses were running from Hoboken to Manhattan as well.

"The train was more crowded, a lot of people were standing". The repairs are expected to last almost two months and to include the closure of a handful of tracks.

Commuting around NY is getting more impossible by the minute.

Amtrak is beginning extensive repairs to tracks and signals in Penn Station Monday, prompted by two recent derailments and other problems that spotlighted the station's aging infrastructure.

"Compared to Europe, I feel like we're living in the Third World", said Mark Van Wagner, an artist and art dealer who takes the Long Island Rail Road from Bellport, New York.

Authorities have asked commuters to give themselves more time to travel until the end of August when work is scheduled to be completed.

Around two hours after the derailment, the train passengers were moved to a "rescue train", Mr. Denison said.

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