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“The Daily Freeman” said : Train accident at Penn Station in NYC slows afternoon commutes to New Jersey, Long Island

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The collision occurred at a spot just short of the platforms where inbound evening trains often pause to let outbound trains pass by due to track congestion.
Snyder said NJ Transit won’t be able to use 11 of its regular tracks and would instead share tracks with Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road.
New Jersey Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said the agency would operate limited outbound service from New York on Friday evening because of reduced track capacity.
It is a frequent chokepoint for hundreds of thousands of travelers who ride Amtrak or commuter trains between Washington and Boston daily.
AdvertisementNJ Transit tickets will be cross-honored on PATH rail service, NY Waterway ferries and both NJ Transit and private bus service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Snyder said.

New York’s Penn Station a Human-Traffic Nightmare

New York's Penn Station a Human-Traffic Nightmare

The human traffic bottleneck at New York’s Penn Station – the nation’s busiest rail hub – has become a waking nightmare for New Jersey commuters, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The average weekday boardings at Penn Station last year numbered 94,859 people, up from 92,314 in 2015 and 87,130 in 2014, Nancy Snyder, a NJ Transit spokeswoman.
Robert Paaswell, a professor of civil engineering at the City College, told the Journal, crowding in Penn Station “is symptomatic of the needs of modernization of all our infrastructure.”
“Mostly it’s a people problem with everyone trying to jam into one exit,” Lacey Mason, a graphic artist who commutes from Maplewood, N.J., told the Journal.
Construction of the new $147 million West End Concourse, being built by Empire State Development Corp. as part of the larger Moynihan Train Hall project across from Penn Station, affects tracks 5 through 21 and all three rail operators.

As it stated in The morning rush has become the morning crush for some NJ Transit commuters arriving at New York Penn Station.
To exit from the platform, commuters sometimes encounter an onslaught of passengers trying to catch another train or a crush of passengers from…
The scene plays out like this: When a train pulls in, commuters queue up for the doors and arrive on a platform that is both narrow and jammed, people shoved together elbow to elbow.

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