New York – Amtrak service remains suspended between Albany and New York City through Monday.
Empire Line trains to Albany were canceled Sunday due to what Amtrak called an unexpected track closure. It grew out of a privately owned building in Hell’s Kitchen above the tracks.
“I don’t know what’s going on and this never happens,” Amtrak rider Nayara Lopez said.
Caution tape was seen wrapped around the Icon parking garage on 51st Street between 10th and 11th streets Sunday evening.
“Knowing that it’s literally about structure and infrastructure, I mean we can get angry at the whole system, and say ‘You should check that infrastructure more often,’ but it’s hard to hold any specific person accountable. That’s the way you live life,” he said. Contestant Maya Ali.
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The Department of Buildings referred CBS New York to City Hall, which confirmed that the parking garage had “structural issues,” saying, “The DOB immediately issued emergency work orders and ordered the parking garage owners to contract an engineer to address the problem.”
The evacuation order and sign posted outside the closed parking garage show it has been closed since Friday, but Amtrak announced the cancellation Sunday afternoon.
“I mean I’m glad they’re changing the track and taking care of it, but yeah, I mean the structures are getting old,” racer Hannah Garrison said.
There were long lines at the Moynihan train hall on Sunday evening due to the fallout from the cancellations. Amtrak told passengers it would also temporarily suspend service between the city and Croton-Harmon. It issued notices including eight canceled trains. Some are just hoping the unrest won’t make them late for work on Monday.
School teacher Anne-Marie Deuel needs to go to work in the morning or “there will be some subplans written at the last minute.”
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