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Penn Station Repairs Affect NJ Transit Commuters Starting Monday

June 16, 2019 - 5:19 pm

HOBOKEN (WCBS 880) -- Changes are on the way for train riders going through Penn Station as another summer of repair work gets underway.

It might not rise quite to the commuter “summer of hell” two years ago, perhaps you could call it the “summer of slight irritation.”

Amtrak is set to do some more track work at Penn Station and that means both New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road have cut back on their schedules.

Starting Monday, NJ Transit says 10 rush-hour trains, most of them on the Montclair-Boonton line, will begin or end at Hoboken Terminal instead of Penn Station.

Tickets on that branch will be slightly discounted for the next few months. NJ Transit says that’s to help offset the cost of a PATH train or ferry.

NJ Transit will not be cross-honoring.

Long Island Rail Road riders are also affected, but have a little more time to get ready.

The MTA says 14 LIRR trains a day are getting canceled starting on July 1, with a handful of others getting diverted to Jamaica and Atlantic terminals.

LIRR is adding five trains at the beginning and end of the peak period to give riders some more options.

Everything is set to go back to normal in early September.