New York City Moves Ahead with Long-Awaited Penn Station Replacement

By Paul Riegler on 27 September 2016
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Penn Station's Central Departure Board earlier this week.

Penn Station’s Central Departure Board on Monday

The long wait for a new Penn Station may soon be over. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to move forward with a plan to convert the landmark James A. Farley Post Office Building across from the current Penn Station into Moynihan Train Hall, a grand waiting area for Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road passengers.

The plan also calls for widening the terminal’s narrow concourses under Madison Square Garden.

“This is not a plan,” the governor said Tuesday. “This is what’s going to happen.”

Governor Cuomo said that all funding and regulatory approvals for the project were in place and that three companies have already been engaged to manage the project, which has a budget of $1.6 billion.

Penn Station serves over 600,000 commuter rail and Amtrak passengers on a daily basis, making it the busiest transportation terminal in the country. The original Pennsylvania Station, built at the start of the twentieth century, was demolished in the 1960s, at which time the current facility was opened. The Farley Post Office was designed by the same architects who designed the original Penn Station and strongly resembles that structure.

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