A plea to the President: Mr. Trump please boot Amtrak from Penn Station

May 4, 2017

By The Editorial Board, New York Daily News, May 4, 2017

Dear Mr. President,

Welcome home. Welcome back to where you were born and grew up and built your business and raised your family. Welcome back to the place you know better than anywhere in the world.

You are fortunate to travel in and out of Manhattan by Marine Corps helicopter. The job has perks, as being a billionaire did.

But hundreds of thousands of your constituents in New Jersey and Long Island have to suffer on trains to and from Penn Station.

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Let Penn Station Breathe

By The Editorial Board, The New York Times, May 4, 2017

The news out of Pennsylvania Station lately has been very, very bad. A train derails, taking out some switches, shutting tracks and snarling travel for days. A power line fails and service stops again, sending thousands of riders shuttling between rage and despair. A rumor of gunshots sets off a panic among waiting passengers, who run through the station like spooked cattle.

It has come to this, in a subterranean station that is already one of the most claustrophobic, confusing and spirit-throttling spaces in the city. All that suffering, now with stampedes.

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Round two for United

By Brianna Gurciullo and Tanya Snyder, With help from Lauren Gardner and Stephanie Beasley, Politico Morning Transportation, May 4, 2017
PORCARI: MONEY IS THE PROBLEM: The Gateway Program Development Corporation’s interim executive director told senators Wednesday that permits and reviews aren’t the biggest roadblocks to the New York-New Jersey project. “It’s the money part that’s going to hold up the replacement of that 106-year-old tunnel,” John Porcari told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, in reference to a passage underneath the Hudson River. Porcari was responding to Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, the committee’s ranking member, who made a mention of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s recurring comment that permitting delays are a larger problem than cash.  …
THE NEC’S $38 BILLION BACKLOG: The Northeast Corridor’s state-of-good-repair backlog has ballooned to $38 billion, a nearly 36 percent increase over last year’s estimate, according to a new report released today by the Northeast Corridor Commission. The FAST Act tasked the commission with developing a five-year capital investment plan, and in the near term, the group says the corridor will have $29 billion in needs — with only $9 billion of that total funded by states, commuter railroads and Amtrak. ……SAVE US FROM PENN STATION: Three Albany-area state lawmakers are asking Amtrak to consider routing some trains to Grand Central Terminal instead of Penn Station, POLITICO New York’s Jimmy Vielkind reports. Penn Station is bracing for “potentially cataclysmic construction delays” this summer as Amtrak closes several tracks for needed upgrades. “In the interest of being solution oriented,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman, “we would suggest exploring the feasibility of re-routing trains to Grand Central [Terminal] in the interim, especially in light of the fact that 20 years ago most trains were routed to Grand Central rather than Penn Station.”

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