The time has finally come: the so-called “summer of hell” for New York City commuters will begin on July 10, when Amtrak begins its six weeks of planned track work at Penn Station. The aging infrastructure in the Hudson River tunnels between New Jersey and New York will be repaired during that time—and not a moment too soon, as last night’s New Jersey Transit derailment makes clear—but it’ll lead to massive service disruptions. Just this week, MTA interim executive director Ronnie Hakim said that those changes could cause more crowding and other issues at subway stations in Brooklyn and Queens.
Of course, subway riders have already been dealing with their own version of hell since the beginning of this year, thanks to myriad service disruptions, delays, and serious subway problems that culminated in a derailment in Harlem last month. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently declared a state of emergency for the MTA, which should allow crucial repairs (particularly to the subway’s aging signals) to happen faster. But will that be enough? (And will this be a permanent stain on Cuomo’s career?) Only time will tell.
In light of these transportation issues, we want to know: How are you coping with all of the transit problems that have been plaguing New York this year? Are you biking more? Taking the ferry? Giving up and moving to Philadelphia? Let us know in the comments.