"New York and New Jersey are requesting independent verification of track safety at Penn Station", Cuomo and Christie wrote in the letter.
Following two commuter train derailments at New York Penn Station in recent weeks, the governors of New Jersey and New York are requesting an independent evaluation of Amtrak lines' state of fix.
Andrew Cuomo are asking that their states' transit agencies be allowed to participate in an ongoing review of Amtrak's infrastructure and maintenance protocols at Penn Station, where two derailments in the last few weeks have caused major disruptions for commuters. The station is a travel hub for more than 600,000 daily commuters, and a majority of those rides are on trains operated by NJ Transit and LIRR.
In response, Amtrak issued a statement saying it will immediately share any findings to develop a plan for safe and efficent service. The first derailment caused a day of delays, but a derailment last Monday left NJ Transit and Long Island Rail Road riders stranded and frustrated for a full five days as the company tried to fix the damage.
Workers make repairs at tracks at Penn Station after a recent derailment.. New Jersey Transit trains headed to Penn Station are also back on schedule.
Christie said at an unrelated event Monday morning that Amtrak had not agreed to his request to have NJ Transit officials join Amtrak on rail inspections in the area of Penn Station. NJ Transit brings almost 200,000 commuters to and from Manhattan every day.