GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES AGGRESSIVE PLAN TO COMBAT LONG-TERM CRISIS AT PENN STATION

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an aggressive action plan to address New York’s transportation challenges starting with the near-term crisis at Penn Station and the ripple effect it will have on the entire transit system.

With derailments and cancellations at Penn Station resulting in costly delays for millions of travelers, the Governor’s plan provides both short and long-term solutions to address the chronic failures at the station which sits at the heart of the region’s transit infrastructure. Each workday, more than 600,000 people travel through Penn Station, which is owned by Amtrak and the federal government – more than triple the facility’s designed capacity. Amtrak is proposing repairs that would reduce the number of trains at Penn Station by about 20 percent during peak travel times and as a result, commuters searching for alternative methods of transportation will crush an already overburdened subway system and clog roads and bridges.

 

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