Amtrak service changes for Penn Station repairs

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An Amtrak signal maintainer applies a railhead bond on Track 7 in New York Penn Station. (Amtrak)

NEW YORK (AP) — Amtrak has announced service changes and cutbacks for this summer, when it plans to make extensive repairs at New York's Penn Station.

Among the changes are reductions to service between New York and Washington, D.C., and between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The railroad's premium Acela service will be unchanged.

Amtrak didn't say Tuesday how its Empire Service between Albany and New York City would be affected. Reports have said those trains could be diverted to Grand Central Station.

An announcement is expected soon on how the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit will be affected. The two commuter lines carry hundreds of thousands people each weekday.

The summer repairs are expected to close three of the station's 21 tracks at a time for approximately seven weeks, beginning in July. The work was ordered after two recent derailments and numerous other delays.

Amtrak released this information:

Amtrak Schedule

The following service adjustments have been made to Amtrak's weekday schedule, in effect from July 10 - Sept. 1:

Acela Express: No changes

Northeast Regional Service: Three round trip trains (six total trains) between New York City and Washington, D.C. canceled. Service between New York City and Boston will operate at currently scheduled levels.

Keystone Service: Three round trip trains (six total trains) will start and end in Philadelphia, and one round trip train (two total trains) will start and end at Newark, New Jersey. Service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg will operate at currently scheduled levels.

Empire Service:  To be announced shortly.

Long-Distance Service:  The Crescent, operating between New York City and New Orleans, will originate and terminate in Washington, D.C. daily during work period. Connections will be provided on other Northeast Corridor trains.

Amtrak's reservation systems have been updated to reflect these schedule changes and any passenger already booked on a train that has been canceled or altered will be contacted and accommodated on other scheduled services.