How Penn Station got to the ‘summer of hell’
Newsday, July 9, 2017
What some are calling the “summer of hell” is on the way for Long Island commuters using Penn Station.
The reality is that decades of insufficient funding by federal and state governments and too few resources dedicated to critical infrastructure in this country make this summer’s work at Penn a necessary step forward in not just maintaining — but saving — the transportation infrastructure of the region.
Each weekday, hundreds of thousands of passengers pass through Penn Station. If you are one of them, you know that all too often the station and its infrastructure, including tracks, signals, switches and power systems, don’t perform as they should. The reasons for these failures are simple — more people now use the station than it was ever designed to handle, and too little time and money have been invested in renewing and expanding the infrastructure as ridership has grown.
Today, the same station, with the same 21 tracks created in 1910, serves more than 940 trains each day. Passengers regularly put up with conditions that are unacceptable — delayed trains, station overcrowding and unreliable service. Unfortunately, it took two derailments in the spring to make crystal clear the urgency to do this work now and not push it off — again — to a later date.
We want to be clear that while absolutely essential, this summer’s work will not address all of the needs at Penn Station and its related tunnels. Reversing decades of federal, state, and local underfunding of this critical hub will take time before commuters see the kinds of significant improvements in the customer experience and service capacity they expect and deserve.
The other thing to be clear about is that to change the state of infrastructure, federal and state governments need to commit to funding this critical work. New tunnels and bridges are the only long-term solution to improve the passenger experience and support the region’s economy.
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