Penn Station commuters have been enduring recurring delays and overcrowding of late, and it doesn't look like things are getting any better soon. Indeed, Amtrak officials are reportedly considering shutting down some of the lines operating under Penn Station in order to rehab them, which will cause commuters some more pain in the short-term.

In March, an Amtrak train collided with an NJ Transit train at Penn Station, causing widespread delays for New Jersey, upstate, and Long Island commuters. Then, earlier this month, commuters withstood nearly a week's worth of delays, cancellations, and overcrowding after an NJ Transit train derailed at Penn Station. A week later, an NJ Transit train stalled near Penn Station during a Friday afternoon rush hour, sparking more mayhem.

And just yesterday, morning commuters suffered thanks to a disabled Amtrak train and last night "Amtrak overhead wire problems" prompted a slew of delays for LIRR and NJ Transit commuters. These splitting commuter headaches have been bookended by less destructive, but still annoying delays thanks to power and signal problems on the tracks over the last few weeks.

All of this is making people who must travel through Penn Station increasingly frustrated. "I’m annoyed given the switch problems, signal problems, the derailments, alternate routes into Hoboken — its all so discouraging,” commuter Tracy Jenkins told The Post. "It should take me 30 minutes to get home. The delays become cancellations, then God knows."

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will get better anytime soon. Amtrak, which owns and operates the 21 tracks under Penn Station, announced yesterday that work to fix the infrastructure will result "in some delays and cancellations," and the Times reports they may have to shut down some of the tracks for an extended period of time to make the upgrades.

"This renewal effort will replace and rejuvenate the selected infrastructure, providing needed updates, and is different than the ongoing repair work" at Penn Station, Christina Leeds, a spokeswoman for Amtrak, said in a statement. "We’ll have more on the plans in the coming days and will be working with L.I.R.R. and N.J.T. to schedule this work and minimize service impacts."

Though this would ultimately alleviate some of the power, signal and derailment problems that have plagued Penn Station of late, it would also adversely affect tens of thousands of LIRR and NJ Transit commuters in the short term. Commuters, naturally, seem concerned:

Still, Amtrak says that while they've avoided these kinds of extensive overhauls for the sake of commuters in the past, the infrastructure is now worn so thin they'll have to disrupt service for an as yet unspecified period of time to prevent further derailments. Amtrak recently mandated a 10-mile-per-hour speed restriction—down from 15-miles-per-hour—as a precaution.