New York State to Dramatically Expand Penn Station

By Anna Breuer on 6 January 2020
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Penn Station’s new West End Concourse

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to create what he called a “21st century transit hub” at Penn Station by increasing capacity by 40% with the addition of eight new tracks.

The creation of the Empire State Complex would involve commandeering the block between 30th and 31st streets and between 7th and 8th avenues, adding eight tracks to bring the total to 29 tracks, and initially use the additional tracks and space to completely redo what is now Penn Station.

“This is a fundamental reconstruction of the existing Penn,’’ said Mr. Cuomo. “We want to change it into a world-class experience.”

The much maligned railroad terminal is used by Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road, and New Jersey Transit and serves more passengers daily than the region’s three major airports, John F. Kennedy International, La Guardia, and Newark Liberty International.

The plan, which would create an expanded, remodeled and interconnected train and subway complex, would dramatically transform the current Penn Station site, integrate the soon-to-be completed Moynihan Train Hall with the current terminal,  and acquire the block south of Penn Station for expansion.

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