New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that construction on tunnels and bridges in New York City will be sped up in order to alleviate the potential impact on commenters caused by the renovations set to begin on Penn Station railroad tracks on July 10.
In his announcement on Monday, June 12, Cuomo pledged that all major construction projects to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Hugh L. Carey Tunnel and Queens-Midtown Tunnel will be finished by July 8.
The planned work to the Penn Station tracks will reportedly reduce the number of trains moving through the station by 20 percent through the end of August when the repair work is currently set to end.
“We’re taking every conceivable step to prepare for Amtrak’s summer of hell,” Cuomo said.
The governor released a statement where he said that his order will make sure that all lanes will be open, and all major commuter crossing can be used without cash while the work is being conducted.
Amtrak took a closer look at their maintenance work at the major train station following two derailments earlier this year. As these repairs place an increased strain on the travels of commuters, the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road announced plans to add new ferry and bus routes, as well as additional train cars.