Port Authority Says Penn Station Expansion to Begin

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The long-delayed expansion of New York's Penn Station is set to begin.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Tuesday the first phase of the $1 billion project will start by the middle of 2012 and be finished in 2016.

Phase I will expand the 33rd Street connector between Penn Station and the Farley post office building across 8th Avenue. It will create two new entrances into the station from the Farley building and improve access to tracks by adding escalators, elevators and stairways.

Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye says NJ Transit riders who now have to walk nearly two crosstown blocks underground will be able to get into the station or above ground quicker. He toured the site where the first phase of construction will take place.

The project will cost $270 million and is being paid for mostly by federal money.

The second phase will turn the basement of the post office into Amtrak's new terminal.



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Aug. 08 2012 07:28 PM
pbug56 from Long Island

Why is the Port Authority getting involved in yet another operation they have nothing to do with? This is Amtrak, NJT and MTA. And while Phase 2 is a huge joke of a money pit, Phase 1 MAY be useful, though no one seems to be posting any plans. But when I read the article above, there is mention of this saving NJT customers from a 2 block underground walk. What is this moron talking about? Most Penn riders come from North, South or East. NJT has a nice new entrance on 7th. It is also accessible indirectly from 34th St, and can be reached from the 7th and 8th Ave lines inside Penn. And if the pedestrian tunnel to PATH and the 6th Ave lines ever reopens, that will be helpful too.

As to using the Farley building, all that will end up going in there is a massively expensive food court that no one will use. It's out of the way - passengers have to go far from the platforms for any of the railroads at Penn to go to it. To me, it is just a plan for a huge, corrupt theft of taxpayer money.

May. 13 2012 06:33 PM

Wow I can't believe someone is finnally reporting the truth about this project, that' Motnihan station is nothing more then Amtrak in the basement of the Farley Post Office, and that the Farley Post office is not going anywhere. Amtrak in the basement of the landmark does not allow the politicians to rededicate the landmark.

May. 09 2012 10:14 AM

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