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Penn Station train tracks fixed but not for morning commute

Amtrak is responsible for maintaining tracks and other railroad infrastructure on the Northeast Corridor, which runs through New York Penn Station en route to New Jersey and points south.

Christie told Coscia, the Amtrak chairman, that he has "directed NJ Transit to cease making any payments to Amtrak under the agreement until there has been a thorough and independent examination of the tracks, signals, switches and other equipment maintained by Amtrak" on the Northeast Corridor "and full and unqualified verification that the assets are in a state-of-good-repair".

It says crews have been working around the clock since Monday's derailment of a New Jersey Transit train.

Under holiday schedule, NJ Transit trains depart to and from Penn Station roughly every hour - a far cry from the five or six trains per hour during the busiest weekday periods.

Moorman said he understands the governor is upset, but said withholding funding "is not going to solve any problems". Bob Menendez and Cory Booker sent a letter to their colleagues on the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development urging them not to cut federal dollars for Amtrak.

"Having two derailments in just over a week is unacceptable, and our customers are bearing the brunt", Santoro said.

Amtrak's CEO says that a train derailment in NY that has caused major delays for commuters at the nation's busiest rail hub was caused when a track split after the train went over a weakened wooden railroad tie.

Amtrak has since taken steps to fix both issues, he said.

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More broadly, the April 3 derailment and an earlier one at the station on March 24 have highlighted the challenges posed by Amtrak's aging infrastructure and the myriad ways in which the system can go awry.

Speaking Thursday, Wick Moorman says that full service will be restored at New York's Penn Station by Friday morning.

On Friday, New Jersey U.S. Sens. Cross-honoring will still be in effect.

It has left thousands of commuters scrambling to find other ways to and from work or enduring long delays and overcrowded trains. Midtown Direct trains were diverted to Hoboken.

Amtrak for Thursday warned of modified service and delays for its Northeast Regional line operating between Washington and NY.

There is still no timeline for a full service restoration.

"It's like that bridge thing in Philadelphia", he said, referring to a vehicle bridge connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey where a crack was discovered in January that forced the bridge's closure for 1½ months. As a result, Metro-North's Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line who are bound for New York City are advised to remain on their trains until the train reaches Hoboken. There, customers will find continuing service to Manhattan via PATH trains.

Moorman personally apologized to commuters for the multiple days of delays, which doubled some commuters' travel times.

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