Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station

Next Phase of New York Penn Station Infrastructure Renewal Work Continues

We are continuing our work to renew the infrastructure at New York Penn Station. In 2018, our engineering crews will replace two tracks and three turnouts at Penn Station. This work is part of our ongoing maintenance program to improve New York Penn Station’s infrastructure operations performance and reliability.

What does this mean for my commute?

While the bulk of the renewal work for 2018 will occur on weekends, there will be a series of continuous single-track closures within the Station from January 5, 2018 through May 28, 2018, which will require minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations at New York Penn Station. We are working with NJ TRANSIT and Long Island Rail Road on an overall service plan that minimizes the impact to all New York Penn Station customers to the greatest extent possible.

The following schedule changes will take place during the renewal work (weekdays January 8 - May 28, 2018):

  • Northeast Regional Trains 110 from Washington, DC (WAS) to New York Penn Station (NYP) and 127 from NYP to WAS are canceled
  • Northbound Keystone Train 640 will terminate at Newark Penn Station
  • Southbound Keystone Train 643 will originate at Newark Penn Station
  • Southbound Train 173 will stop at Newark Airport
  • Southbound Trains 129, 193 and 653 will all have earlier departure times.
  • Train 170 will also depart WAS early, stop at North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights and resume its schedule from Trenton
  • Long Island Rail Road and NJ TRANSIT are also expected to announce service schedule adjustments

How do I stay informed?

Amtrak, LIRR and NJ TRANSIT will each assume responsibility for helping their passengers navigate any changes in service or schedule. We are making every effort to make sure its customers have the information they need to get to and from their destinations.

  • To check the status of your train or to modify existing reservations, visit or the Amtrak mobile app
  • Opt-in to email or text alerts when booking your trip to be notified of real-time delays
  • Follow @AmtrakNEC, @NJTransit, and @LIRR for timely updates about New York Penn Station

What’s the next project in the Infrastructure Renewal Program?

We will continue its Infrastructure Renewal Program this summer by performing critical reconstruction of three major railroad infrastructure assets in New York City: The Empire Tunnel and Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, which provides train access between Upstate New York and New York Penn Station, as well as renewal work on Track 19 in New York Penn Station, which will help provide Amtrak passengers and commuters with more reliable service.

Amtrak Schedule Changes

Saturday, May 26 through Monday, September 3

Due to the work on the Empire Connection and Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, some Amtrak schedules will be affected as outlined below.

  • Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack and Maple Leaf trains will all be rerouted from New York Penn Station to Grand Central Terminal.
  • Lake Shore Limited will operate between Boston and Chicago, with New York City and Hudson Valley customers connecting from Empire Service trains at Albany-Rensselaer.
  • The work on Track 19 will occur between Friday, June 8 and Friday, July 20. The modified schedule announced in January 2018 will continue until the work is complete, with the exception of Keystone Service trains 640 and 643 which will still operate into New York Penn Station.

We have updated schedules to reflect the adjusted train service. Our reservation systems now reflect the reroute of trains to Grand Central Terminal. Any passenger already booked on a train will be contacted and accommodated on other scheduled services. Additional information and updates will be posted here. We will also have staff and Quik-Trak ticketing kiosks at Grand Central Terminal throughout the summer. If you're unfamiliar with the area, here are some directions on how to travel between New York Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.

The Infrastructure Renewal Program is one element of our plan to modernize stations, infrastructure and equipment on the Northeast Corridor.

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