More problems at Penn Station

Why Penn Station is a Mess

With the ongoing problems at Penn Station, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is involved in a lot of finger-pointing. He’s telling Amtrak: “Fix it. Do your job.” Amtrak says they will make repairs, shutting down two tracks at a time (out of 21 tracks at Penn Station) for most of the summer. That means fewer trains, more crowding, and more delays.

However, the New York Times reports that Cuomo hid alternative plans to redo Penn Station, instead preferring alternative plans that involve mostly cosmetic changes which help only a small portion of commuters.

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Big News for Little Kids and Other Political Happenings

New York City politics is busy this week. De Blasio proposed a new budget and declared a goal of providing free, universal preschool for three-year-olds. Meanwhile, the opposition takes shape as Bo Dietl seeks permission to run as a Republican and a new Republican enters the race for Mayor.

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Big News for Little Kids: Mayor de Blasio Announces 3-K Preschool for Three-Year Olds

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled-down on his widely-praised Pre-K for all, announcing the launch of a new 3-K Preschool program for three-year-olds.

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More problems at Penn Station

Penn Station Problems? It’s About to Get Worse

Commuters regularly suffer problems at Penn Station. There aren’t enough tracks at Penn Station, resulting in train delays. Train delays lead to the station becoming way too crowded and the problems just spiral downwards. And it’s likely to only get worse.

What’s Happening?

Amtrak, the train service that owns and runs Penn Station, has had three train delays in recent weeks, mostly due to trains derailing. Two weeks ago, Amtrak police triggered a stampede out of the station when they used a stun gun. Now, Amtrak is saying that, to fix the problems, they’ll need to shut down some of the tunnels under the Hudson River for weeks or months, promising untold future delays.

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