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Disabled Amtrak train causing headaches at Penn Station

Disabled Amtrak train causing headaches at Penn Station

Two trains headed into Penn Station became disabled earlier Saturday because of power problems, Amtrak officials said.

Track work at Penn Station will continue through September 1, with Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and NJ Transit trains being affected in various ways until then.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it's cautiously optimistic after the first week of major repairs at Penn Station, the busiest train station in the country.

"This seems to be an electrical issue", an Amtrak spokesman said. Amtrak sent a second train out to the train, but the rescue train also became disabled.

It happened just before 5 p.m. between the platform and the tunnel. However, the disabled trains resulted in delays on other trains between NY and New Jersey.




There were 170 people on the Amtrak train, which was travelling from Miami to NY.

Amtrak and New Jersey Transit service on the Northeast Corridor in and out of New York Penn Station resumed Saturday after brief delays, but officials warned additional delays are possible. Some 600 people were stuck inside without air conditioning. No work crew injuries were reported this week, he said.

Commuters have been bracing for a awful summer after Amtrak and the MTA announced a massive rehab of its tracks and switching stations and resulting service cuts at Penn Station.

More than 90% of the trains heading into Penn were on time this week, Scot Naparstek, Amtrak's chief operating officer, said Friday.


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