New York/New Jersey: NJT reactivates expansion plan; late night talk show on the subway, and Amtrak advances work for Penn Station

August 11, 2017

NJ TRANSIT Reactivates Proposal for Rail Service Between Hawthorne, Paterson, and Hackensack

By Jared Kofsky, Jersey Digs; August 10, 2017

After several years of inaction, plans are once again advancing to develop a new NJ TRANSIT train line on an existing railroad right-of-way through a densely populated corridor in Passaic and Bergen Counties, with a potential extension to Hudson County.

Jersey Digs has learned that the Newark-based State agency is resuming the Passaic-Bergen Passenger Service Restoration Project, which was initially proposed over a decade ago. The proposal calls for offering train service from the existing Main Line train station in Hawthorne and several neighborhoods in the eastern section of Paterson in Passaic County before crossing the Passaic River into Bergen County and passing through Elmwood Park, Saddle Brook, Rochelle Park, and Maywood, terminating on State Street in Hackensack, the county seat.

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Man hosts late night talk show on New York subway train

By Ben Hooper, UPI; August 11, 2017

Aug. 11 (UPI) — A New York man is making some nighttime commutes a little more interesting by hosting a late night talk show aboard a subway train.

Dean Dimitruk said he boards the L train once a month on a Saturday night with his foam core desk and a skeleton crew to record late night talk show-style interviews with New Yorkers for Derailed, his YouTube talk show series.

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Amtrak Advances Work to Improve New York Penn Station Passenger Concourse

A press release from Amtrak; August 111, 2017:

Study will improve design, functionality, communications and coordination

NEW YORK – As part of continued efforts to improve the passenger experience at New York Penn Station, Amtrak announced the selection of AECOM, in partnership with Network Rail, to conduct an independent review of the interaction, coordination, and collaboration between the railroads’ various passenger concourses within Penn Station and provide recommendations to improve the design, functionality, communications, and coordination at this critical station.

“New York Penn Station is the busiest rail hub in the country, and Amtrak is dedicated to making improvements to the railroad and the station that will improve the passenger experience,” said Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman. “We have made significant progress in renewing rail infrastructure at Penn Station and are now taking steps to improve the passenger areas. We have assembled a top-notch team of national and international experts to work with the railroads on delivering solutions that will greatly improve the passenger experience at New York Penn Station.”

Amtrak is the owner of Penn Station, and per agreements with Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), and NJ TRANSIT (NJT) each individually manage their respective passenger concourses within the station. AECOM and Network Rail will review these relationships and develop recommendations on how the three railroads can work better together. Amtrak has convened a working group of Amtrak, LIRR, and NJT professionals to support the study.

The AECOM-Network Rail team will review management of daily operations within the three station concourses, including during service disruptions, as well as look for opportunities to strengthen coordination between all parties to improve the passenger experience, safety, and security. Using their analysis of Penn Station as well as knowledge of national and international best practices at rail stations and airports, the consultants will develop recommendations for a unified three-railroad concourse operations center.

The consultants will also provide an overall plan for improvements to Penn Station’s passenger concourses. This will include guidance on operations and maintenance partnerships as well as guidance on Amtrak’s planned redevelopment of Penn Station in partnership with the private sector.

AECOM and Network Rail will start work immediately, bringing their deep experience in designing passenger concourses and facility operations, including London’s metropolitan station redevelopment and other high profile projects across the country and around the world.

This effort will be guided by Amtrak in coordination with LIRR and NJT. AECOM and Network Rail will deliver their recommendations in early 2018, after which Amtrak, NJT and LIRR will determine next steps for implementation.

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