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Penn Station Renovations Affect NJ Transit Lines To NYC

June 17, 2019 - 9:43 am

HOBOKEN, N.J. (WCBS 880)-- As Penn Station renovations begin, some NJ Transit lines will not be traveling into NYC from New Jersey beginning on Monday. 

Commuters who travel on the Montclair-Boonton and North Jersey Coast lines will be forced to get off at Hoboken in order to continue their commute into Manhattan by using the PATH train or finding another alternative.

“I had to get up a lot earlier now in order to catch this train to go directly into New York, which is the 5:51," said rider Dominick Guido. "Everything after that is going into Hoboken, but you can get off at Newark, switch over to another train."

"I'm getting up early, that's an inconvienice. Less sleep," another rider said.

The Penn Station construction to build a new LIRR entrance at 7th Avenue and 33rd Street will cause two tracks to be taken out of service, affecting Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT, and the LIRR.

The $600 million project which was unveiled last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will add exits, widen the corridor, raise the ceiling, and improve the lighting and signage at Penn.

NJ Transit will reduce fare costs in an attempt to ease the burden on riders, but they’re also reminding customers to buy tickets early.

“The most important thing for customers to know is because they’ll be transferring at Hoboken is to purchase their fare in advance – either using their MetroCard or SmartLink,” Ben Branham, the Port Authority’s chief communications officer told CBS2.

The reduced fares for NJ Transit are expected to last until September 7.