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NJ Transit, LIRR to resume regular service to Penn Station after Labor Day

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New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road will resume full weekday service into Penn Station on Sept. 5, 2017, the railroads announced on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

Commuters from Long Island and New Jersey, rejoice! Full weekday service to Penn Station will soon be restored.

Regularly scheduled operations on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit will resume Sept. 5 after Amtrak’s eight-week track repair project at Penn Station, the MTA and NJ Transit announced Thursday.

NJ Transit will return to a regular timetable, with Midtown Direct trains no longer being diverted to Hoboken Terminal and North Jersey Coast Line trains resuming operations into Hoboken, the agency said. Customers should check the new schedules for specific departure times and station stops.

"I want to thank our customers for their patience and flexibility during the summer months,” NJ Transit executive director Steven H. Santoro said in a statement. “While many had to adjust their personal schedules, we tried to provide them with enough options and support to make the transition as smooth as possible. We also monitored travel patterns throughout the summer and made service adjustments as needed.”

New LIRR timetables reflecting fully restored service will also go into effect Sept. 5, the MTA said in a statement. Special bus and ferry service to and from Manhattan will operate for the last time on Sept. 1, and discounted fares for Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue will also end Sept. 1.

In a statement, MTA chairman Joseph Lhota thanked customers “for their patience and willingness to try the temporary travel options” and employees “for their hard work to make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Both railroads had been operating with fewer tracks at Penn Station since July 8, when Amtrak began an effort to replace some aging track components at the Manhattan transit hub — the busiest in the nation — during what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo predicted would be a ‘‘summer of hell’’ for commuters.

NJ Transit's alternative travel options (including enhanced bus service), discounted fares and cross-honoring with PATH, buses and New York Waterway will end on Sept. 2, according to the agency. But the New York Waterway ferry from Hoboken Terminal to West 39th Street will still operate after Sept. 5 as a new line.

New York Waterway had created the new ferry route after a NJ Transit train derailment in April snarled service. The route was brought back again specifically to help NJ Transit during Penn Station track work.

The ferry will be open to the general public, but NJ Transit tickets will no longer be cross honored, NJ Transit said.

Amtrak has said throughout the summer that the track work at Penn Station was ahead of schedule and likely to meet the Sept. 5 deadline it originally set.

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