“This is not a plan – this is what’s going to happen. People are going to walk through this station and recognize that this is New York.”
Investment in public transport infrastructure in New York is continuing with state Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announcing sweeping plans for the complete transformation of the historic James A. Farley Post Office into a world-class transportation hub. The Post Office, built in 1912, in the same Beaux-Arts style as the now demolished, and much missed original Pennsylvania Station, sits behind Madison Square Garden along Eighth Avenue. Now portions of this famous New York landmark are to be reused and converted to house new facilities for Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road with the existing Amtrak facility within the Post Office renamed the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Station. And in line with most major station developments, the new station will feature state-of-the-art security measures and plus 112,000 square feet of retail space.
At the announcement the Governor confirmed the selection of a developer-builder team including three companies, Related Companies, Vornado Realty LP, and Skanska AB to redevelop the Farley Building, creating a new 255,000 square foot Train Hall to house passenger facilities for the Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak. This new station will mainly serve up to 30,000 Amtrak riders and a portion of the 230,000 commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road each day. The plan is for it to eventually accommodate passengers from Metro-North. A total of nine platforms and 17 tracks will be accessible from the Train Hall.
In addition to constructing the Farley Train Hall, the Governor announced the joint venture will create 112,000 square feet of retail and nearly 588,000 square feet of office space within the Farley Building. Preconstruction work will begin this fall, with the new Train Hall expected to be completed by December 2020.
“New York’s tomorrow depends on what we do today, and the new Moynihan Train Hall will be a world-class 21st century transportation hub,” said Governor Cuomo ( @ ). “With more than twice the passengers of all JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports combined, the current Penn Station is overcrowded, decrepit, and claustrophobic. The Moynihan Train Hall will have more space than Grand Central’s main concourse, housing both Amtrak and LIRR ticketing and waiting areas, along with state-of-the-art security features, a modern, digital passenger experience, and a host of dining and retail options. This is not a plan – this is what’s going to happen. People are going to walk through this station and recognize that this is New York.”
The Governor also announced that the MTA will at the same time initiate the comprehensive redesign of the LIRR’s existing 33rd Street concourse at Penn Station and an extensive renovation to the adjacent Seventh and Eighth Avenue subway stations. Construction on the LIRR concourse and the subway stations will conclude by or before completion of the work on the Farley Train Hall. The redesign will include nearly tripling the width of the existing corridor, which will significantly decrease congestion and result in notably higher ceilings – providing bright lighting, new way-finding, ticketing and informational systems.
Amtrak Board Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “We applaud Governor Cuomo's leadership in transforming the Farley Post Office building into a state-of-the-art rail station. In addition to the new Moynihan Train Hall, which will serve as Amtrak’s future station in Manhattan, this project will allow for enhancements at Penn Station that will significantly improve the customer experience for its many users. Taken together with the infrastructure improvements being advanced under the Gateway Program, Amtrak is committed to working with New York State and other key stakeholders to advance the investments befitting America’s busiest train station.”
“The new Farley Train Hall will streamline travel into and through the region for the 230,000 LIRR daily passengers and millions of subway riders through the vastly improved Seventh and Eighth Avenues stations,” concluded MTA Chairman & CEO Tom Prendergast. “Governor Cuomo has turned what for decades was merely rhetoric about investing in infrastructure into reality, and the improved MTA travel experience and resulting regional economy boost will be felt long into the future.”
Michael Salvato, Director and Program Executive, Enterprise Information, Asset Management and Strategic Innovation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Megan Huff, Deputy Chief Operations Technology, Amtrak are just two of the many expert speakers confirmed for SmartTransit in New Jersey on 25-26th October 2016. And remember, if you work for a Railroad, Transit Agency, Metro or Government Agency, you can attend for FREE!
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