US-based passenger railroad service Amtrak is set to carry out a series of track renewal projects in New York Penn Station as part of the Infrastructure Renewal programme.
Most of the renovation and upgrade works planned for the coming year will be conducted on weekends in order to minimise disruptions to regular services.
However, Amtrak also noted that there will be a series of continuous single-track closures within the station from 5 January through to 28 May next year, which will necessitate minor adjustments to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations at the site.
The company is currently working with NJ TRANSIT and Long Island Rail Road to devise an overall service plan to ensure minimum impact to regular services.
Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman said: “After a successful summer, it is essential that we continue to upgrade the infrastructure so that we can continue to improve the reliability of service for all the customers that use New York Penn Station.”
The projects outlined for the next phase of the renewal initiative include works to be carried out in the area of Track 15, which will involve concrete demolition and section replacements.
A section located on Track 18 will also be replaced with complex steel hardware after localised concrete demolition.
In addition, Amtrak will replace three turnouts at the ‘C’ Interlocking point towards the east end of the station.
Most of the infrastructure at the station dates back to 1970s and requires complete replacement for modernisation purposes.
Amtrak initially began the New York Penn Station infrastructure renewal programme in the middle of this year as a part of its comprehensive plan to refurbish stations, infrastructure and equipment along the Northeast Corridor.
The company also started the renovation of the Great Hall at the Chicago Union Station as part of a $22m development in September, which is expected to be completed by late-2018.