NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — NJ TRANSIT has released schedule changes to accommodate extensive repair work at Penn Station.
Train routes from areas due west will be the most affected, with trains passing through Morris and Essex counties being diverted to Hoboken. Commuters will change to ferry service or PATH trains.
As a result, NJ TRANSIT says M&E Midtown Direct customers will receive a discount of up to a 63 percent off their regular New York fare.
Romero Jennings is a regular Morris and Essex rider, who told WCBS 880's Mike Smeltz he might start driving into the city.
"It's terrible. I hope they fix it. I don't know what they can do in two months in the summer, but they better hustle and do it fast," he said.
Other lines will have minor changes. The changes will be in effect from July 10 to September 1.
New York Waterway will offer ferry service from Hoboken to midtown Manhattan in addition to its service to lower Manhattan.
Amtrak opted to accelerate the scheduled repair work at Penn Station after two recent derailments and other breakdowns. Three of the station's 21 tracks will be shut down at a time.
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