Saying she was outraged over the disruption in Amtrak service, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday directed members of her administration to investigate the cause of the problems.
A structural issue at a Manhattan parking garage has snarled Amtrak service for days, causing the suspension of service between the Albany-Rensselaer station and New York City and headaches for riders who depend on the service.
"Thousands of New Yorkers rely on Amtrak service for their daily commute or long-distance travel," Hochul said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "I'm outraged that service between Albany and New York City has been suspended for so long, especially as we approach some of the busiest travel days of the year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. While we know it can be difficult to repair aging infrastructure, a delay of this length is unacceptable."
She said she was deploying senior leaders from the state Department of Transportation, Division of Homeland Security Services and Emergency Services, as well as the director of state Operations and Infrastructure, to join New York City and Amtrak officials for a visit to the site that's causing the service interruptions and find "a path forward."
According to Amtrak, the suspended service is a result of safety concerns with a non-Amtrak, privately owned parking garage above the tracks in New York City.
Amtrak service west of the Capital City was shut down last summer for a similar issue, stemming from falling concrete from the Central Warehouse in Albany.