Sen Schumer Seeks $550M For Repairs

In a followup to the story of the U.S. District Court’s decision to cap the payout at $125M for Amtrak for superstorm Sandy damage, Senator Chuck Schumer is seeking $550M in unused superstorm Sandy funds to help Amtrak fund its proposed project to fix the East River tunnels. Newsday Transit Reporter Alfonso A. Castillo has […]

Payout Cap Could Cause LIRR Repair Delays

The fallout from superstorm Sandy continues to rear its ugly head in the tri-state area in terms of our transit infrastructure. One of those key pieces is the Amtrak owned East River Tunnels that the LIRR uses to & from Penn Station. Last year the much maligned Amtrak proposed plans to fix 2 of the […]

Amtrak To Replace East River Tunnel Tracks

Earlier today, the MTA announced that Amtrak will begin replacing all 4 tracks in the East River Tunnel. For those of us who ride Amtrak or the LIRR, this is a project that is long overdue. Here is more information courtesy of a press release: The MTA Long Island Rail Road announced today, at a […]

Sunnyside Rail Hub To Be Overhauled

If you have ever rode Amtrak or especially the LIRR through the Sunnyside area of Queens, you would notice how many of the trains tend to crawl through at a snail’s place. This bottleneck mainly stems from older switches & functions that could use a serious upgrade. If the MTA has its way, these desires […]

Reduced LIRR Service Due To Amtrak Derailment

Once again, Amtrak issues will be causing absolute nightmares for Long Island Rail Road commuters. Due to an Amtrak derailment in one of the East River tunnels, the LIRR has been forced to cancel or divert a quarter of its AM rush westbound trains. Here are the details courtesy of a press release they issued: […]