Andrew Cuomo

Governors to Amtrak: Private operator sought at Penn Station

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called for a private operator to take over New York's troubled Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail station, where recent derailments and other problems have hampered commuters.

In a letter to Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman, the governors said "the situation at Penn Station has gone from bad to worse to intolerable" and "drastic action must be taken to immediately remedy the situation."

Cuomo, a Democrat, and Christie, a Republican, said long-term changes in management must go hand in hand with "intense and immediate repairs." They also want the right to approve any private...