NJ commuters faced with decisions as 'Summer of Hell' begins

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About 7,400 NJ Transit riders on the Morris & Essex line will be forced to transfer in Hoboken weekdays after 7 a.m. instead being taken directly to Midtown Manhattan.

Ingoglia noted efforts his agency has made online and elsewhere to warn the public of the congestion that is expected when up to 16,000 commuters are added to the 23,000 people who usually flow through the Hoboken station each day.

Amtrak was pressed into doing the stopgap work between July 10 and September 1 after a pair of derailments in NY exposed major problems.

The work began as Monday morning's rush got off to a slow start for several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned as early as May that the fix work would spell a "summer of hell for commuters".

Lex Marshall of Morristown says there's a lot of confusion and too many people gathered in one space.

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That won't happen until the completion of a $12.9billion project to build a new Hudson River tunnel and overhaul the 107-year-old tunnel, damaged by 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

Penn Station's woes sunk to a new low in May when dirty water, widely reported to have been sewage, gushed from the ceiling.

Less-disruptive track work will continue near Penn Station into 2018, Amtrak said.

Now the situation is a bit strict, where the New Jersey Transit Rail Service has suspended it's all in and out trains from Penn Station, which disrupted the area's population who has to take a different route to reach their destinations.

In a survey aimed at illustrating the financial hardship caused by the city's subway system, almost 75 percent of respondents blamed trains for their late arrival at work during the last three months, while 13 percent said they'd been docked wages. While the MTA claims it has enough train cars to accommodate all LIRR commuters, the game plan includes reducing the number of morning and evening trains to Penn Station with a mix of cancelations and reroutings to subway stations in Brooklyn and Queens.

The work is scheduled to last through the end of August.

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