MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Century-old tunnels that carry Long Island railroad passengers in and out of Manhattan have been undergoing an overhaul, and riders have said it’s about time.
As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Monday evening, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) brokered the deal to improve maintenance on the tunnels, following discussions with Amtrak. The deal came as track breakdowns and delays have plagued the railroad.
“It’s frustrating to the point where I don’t want to come back home,” one commuter said.
Delays are often blamed on tunnel problems. Amtrak owns the four tunnels that run under the East River, which carry 300,000 daily Long Island Rail Road in and out of Penn Station – even though the tunnels do not carry Amtrak passengers.