Structural Problems Impact NYC Amtrak Service

On Monday, officials said that problems with a parking structure over the rail lines on Manhattan’s west side hampered Amtrak operations north of the city.

Service between the city and the Croton-Harmon station in Westchester County was interrupted Sunday owing to structural difficulties at the parking garage on West 51st Street.

Amtrak indicated that travelers from New York City to Croton-Harmon could take Metro-North since their tickets would be recognized.

According to Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams, railroad authorities are unsure of when full service will be restored.

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that city engineers had been dispatched to the garage to assess the situation.

Officials have assured the public that the West 51st Street parking garage’s structural problems are not affecting surrounding structures like the public high school.

After a three-story parking garage in Lower Manhattan collapsed in April, city officials began giving parking garages more attention. One worker was killed, several others were hurt, and many cars were severely damaged as a result of the accident.

Crews are now patching two holes in a Hell’s Kitchen parking garage.

Because of the holes, the Hudson View parking garage had to be shut down, even though more than a hundred cars were still inside. Customers were advised that they could not retrieve their vehicles until Saturday.

On Tuesday morning, customers and locals were reassured to see Amtrak personnel stationed at 51st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

According to Mayor Eric Adams, some Amtrak service will be available on Thursday, and he expects full service to resume on Friday.

The state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, plans to dispatch a team to the scene to help figure out what to do next.

The Department of Buildings (DOB) has said that the public may not be able to see any change because so much of the construction would be done behind the scenes and underground.

Problems with the tunnel’s ceiling, which leads to the underground parking garage, were detected by engineers.

Following the April collapse of a parking garage in Lower Manhattan, the City Council has suggested legislation to increase the regularity with which such structures are inspected. It has not yet been enacted into law.