After years of development, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that the expansion of Pennsylvania Station into the old James A. Farley post office building is expected to be completed before New Year’s Eve.
According to the governor’s office, train operations in the new Moynihan train hall are expected to begin on January 1. This $1.6 billion project will transform the century-old Farley Post Office building into a public transportation hub, increasing the size of Penn Station by 50%.
Cuomo said in a statement: “For decades, New Yorkers have known the need to redesign Pennsylvania Station. After years of hard work, the Moynihan Train Hall will open on time and on budget.”
Construction of the project began in the train hall in 2017 and was named after New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Daniel Patrick Moynihan), who has been advocating the project for many years. The expansion plan was discussed for decades, and when it finally moved forward, it was criticized as a “taxpayer-sponsored shopping center” and had little effect on solving train services. In January, Cuomo announced a blueprint for the purchase of the entire block south of the Midtown transportation hub as a new terminal, adding 8 new tracks and increasing the capacity of Penn Station by 40%.
The Moynihan Train Hall is connected to Penn Station via an underground passage, and has a 92-foot-tall glass skylight, an enlarged passenger waiting area, free WiFi, a rest area for nursing mothers, and other functions.
Amtrak released this video showing the expectations of commuters:
#Amtrak is rapidly expanding to the Moynihan train hall. The Moynihan Train Hall will provide a better customer experience for people entering and leaving New York City. This is what you can expect. pic.twitter.com/J2GWDfD2aF
-Amtrak (@Amtrak) December 23, 2020
The governor’s office stated that the team was able to avoid the “implementation of important health and safety procedures and innovative work schedules” to protect COVID-19 time to protect workers. The project is a partnership between Empire State Development, Vornado Realty Trust, Related Companies, Skanska, MTA and LIRR, Amtrak and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“When we step out of one of the darkest periods in history and send a clear message to the world, this great achievement is hopeful. Although we have suffered from a once-in-a-century health crisis, the pandemic has not Prevent us from dreaming bigger and building for the future,” Cuomo said.
Despite the good news for the bus system in the region, the Gateway project (which will build a new tunnel connecting NJ and NY and repair the existing tunnel damaged by Hurricane Sandy) has not had billions of dollars in federal funding. The situation of the project is still stagnant.
Politico reported earlier this month that a controversial report indicated that the Gateway project may not require the construction of a second tunnel. This has raised concerns that the project will only come to a further halt and cause federal funding It is more difficult, and all existing tunnels continue to rot. Cuomo did not express support for one option or the other in the project.
Cuomo said at a press conference in Manhattan on the Sunday before Thanksgiving: “There is a problem with repairing these tunnels to ensure their safety.” “We have a report that they can be restored…Amtrak And many people also want to build new tunnels and have more passages to New York. I think this is a good idea. However, it is not a good idea. The enemy of the other side.”