New Entrance and Plaza Planned for Penn Station in New York City

By Paul Riegler on 27 May 2019
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Entrance to the new new Long Island Rail Road concourse inside the Farley building

Entrance to the new new Long Island Rail Road concourse inside the Farley building

The work to modernize New York City’s Penn Station continues with the announcement of plans for a new entrance on West 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Intended to bring travelers into the Long Island Rail Road concourse and provide access to the subway as well as to Amtrak trains, the entrance will have an appearance consistent with the Moynihan Train Hall currently under construction in the James A. Farley Post Office Building.

Construction on the new entrance will start in June and be completed by the end of next year. It will include three escalators, a stairway, and an elevator. The concourse will be widened to 57’ (17 m) from 30’ (9 m), and ceiling height, currently as low as 8’ (2.4 m) in some places, will be raised to 18’ (5.5 m) across the entire concourse.

The new concourse will include direct sight lines to the track level, new shops and dining options, and improved lighting and wayfinding, as well as a permanent pedestrian plaza in front of Penn Station on 33rd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

In 2017, the city opened a new Long Island Rail Road concourse inside the James A. Farley Post Office Building.

Penn Station is the busiest transportation facility in the Western Hemisphere. Owned by Amtrak, it has 21 tracks fed by seven tunnels and is at the center of the Northeast Corridor, a passenger rail line linking New York with Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. It serves 600,000 tourists and commuters daily.

Meanwhile, the much ballyhooed $1.6 billion project of turning the post office building into a reimagined Penn Station continues. Soon to be known as Moynihan Station, the new train hall will, when it opens at the end of 2020, include a skylighted atrium approximately the size of the Main Hall at Grand Central Terminal, a new Metropolitan Lounge for Acela passengers, shops, and a waiting area with high-top tables and charging points.

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