After just a few short days, the anticipation for Penn Station’s “Summer of Hell” schedule has finally started its eight week journey. With almost three derailments and more delays than one can count, the initiative to fix the railway system in New York City is finally underway. So far, there has been a split in the New York community amongst commuters, elected officials, and New York City residents on how this process has gone so far. The project itself has not seen any issues. There are definitely plenty of crowds in Penn Station with the waiting game beginning to peak, but the MTA assured the public that getting to work would not be an obstacle for the commuters of New York. First day jitters put a strain on those who would travel into and out of the city, having to either wake up a couple minutes early or leave their jobs at the right time to make that train. The new routine although seemed to be making an impact on commuters in a positive way by getting people to be active before their normal hours.
The City and State have added other methods of transportation to the process tentatively including extra ferry systems and opening new exits for cars into the city area. While all this is going on, the State Senate approved of building a third track which will go into the $2 million budget, uniting Albany in its mission to improve the railway system in New York City and Long Island. They received very little opposition in the local communities amongst a panel of local and state officials who were in charge of distributing the funds of this budget.
New York City residents, on the other hand, see this improvement as a nuisance. The railroad work in the subways have hurt travel for residents in the city and they are looking to Governor Cuomo to blame for their troubles. Protests have occurred to attack Cuomo on the inconvenient timing of this infrastructure change, but don’t understand this was an inevitable task that needed to be done now. And so it begins for the railway system in New York City, the commuter and resident will endure a new schedule and the elected official will be able to help their constituents. All in all, New York City and Long Island will have an improved railway system by the end of the summer.