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NJ Transit Delays to Ease Up Ahead of Penn Station Summer Renovation

New Jersey Transit riders who have been experiencing near-daily delays on trains due to ongoing track maintenance and inspections should start to see the delays ease up in the next week or so. 

Since last month, NJ Transit trains going to and from Penn Station have running at least 15 minutes late on weekdays and 30 minutes late on weekends because of the work being done by Amtrak. Customers were even offered "tardy notes" to show their employers.

But Amtrak COO Scot Naparstek told News 4 on Wednesday that those daily morning delays should improve on select trains within the next week or so.

The goal is to end the daily delays when the major summer renovation work at Penn Station begins on July 6. That way, all NJ Transit trains that still go to Penn Station during the eight weeks of work will run on time. 

Naparstek also told News 4 that the Long Island Rail Road track work on the east side of the station for early 2018 will be "major" and cause some rush-hour disruptions. 

Neither NJ Transit and LIRR have released modified schedules for the duration of the summer work at Penn Station, but officials have already announced which train lines they expect to be impacted, and some travel alternatives. 

Amtrak on Tuesday said there will be reductions in service on its Northeast Regional line and on its Keystone service. 

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