Penn Station signs stop, urinals gush
Jon Morgan, a former Sun colleague who occasionally acts as one of my spies on the MARC system, reports the following deficiencies in his inspection of Penn Station this morning:
Penn Station’s big board listing arrivals and departures was taken down some months ago as part of the renovations of the station, and a new one put up maybe a month or so. But it has never been turned on or operated. There are small signs saying it’s being tested. But how much testing does a board like that need? Meanwhile, the mens room was threatening to create a cholera epidemic this morning (with) all three urinals overflowing at the same time. It’s a great way to start the day.
To which, Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell replied:
1. The new board is in a testing phase and should be fully operational the first week of April. (It)
is in test mode to make sure all components are working correctly and all personnel responsible for its use are properly trained. There is a temporary board at the Information Booth that shows all arrival and departure information.
2. BAL Penn Station employees are responsible for cleaning the restroom and there are plans for them to be power washed in the next week or two. There are also talks for a project to completely rehab the rest rooms but no timeline on that yet.
So there you have it. What else is wrong at Penn Station (not counting late MARC trains)?