NEWARK, N.J. — Once repair work on the tracks at Penn Station begins this summer, Amtrak will provide NJ Transit with daily repair updates, set up a new joint operations center at the station, and give the agency access to the actual site of all repairs, reported NJTV News.
In announcing the deal, Gov. Chris Christie said the Morris and Essex line will be most affected this summer. Its midtown direct trains will end in Hoboken, where commuters will pick up the PATH train or a ferry. To offset the inconvenience, Christie is lowering the fare for a monthly pass, in some cases by as much as $280.
Christie blames Amtrak for the three derailments and numerous delays that have plagued the system during the past eight months, and added that is why he and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are pushing to privatize the management of Penn Station, which Amtrak currently manages. For the full story, click here.