Christie: NJ Transit could have summer work schedule soon
Gov. Chris Christie said Monday evening that NJ Transit and Amtrak were close to releasing a final schedule for construction work this summer at New York Penn Station.
Earlier this month, Amtrak's CEO announced that repairs would lead to two multi-week periods of heavy delays in July and August. But officials have not announced which days.
The announcement came after several derailments and service delays led Christie to threaten to have NJ Transit withhold payments to Amtrak, which owns and maintains the station and its rails.
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During the "Ask the Governor" show Monday evening on New Jersey 101.5, Christie said the two transit agencies were in discussion "as I entered the studio."
"I'm hoping that we can resolve this tonight," Christie said.
"There are going to be delays this summer – no question about that – to get the work done. But what we need to do is try to make sure that commuters are treated in as fair a way as possible and that any of those delays are mitigated as much as we can in a number of different ways."