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New Jersey Transit late last week published new weekday rail schedules in advance of summer repairs to New York City's Penn Station. To accommodate Amtrak's emergency repairs to the station, NJ Transit altered the service schedule for July 10 through Sept. 1. Among the adjustments, some Midtown Direct trains on NJ Transit's Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch that normally would arrive in Penn Station will be rerouted to Hoboken Terminal. NJ Transit also is increasing light-rail, bus and ferry services. "In developing this service plan, the safety of every customer was the top priority. Not only is this plan the safest, but it maintains the maximum number of seats across the rail system," said NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro in a press release.Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released its own summer service plan aimed at maintaining rush-hour capacity to and from Manhattan during the Penn Station work.Amtrak is repairing the station after track problems caused two recent derailments in spring.
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