PICS: Renderings of Amtrak's Future NYC Moynihan Station

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 03:52 PM

Amtrak released an updated "vision" report for the Northeast corridor high-speed rail plan on Monday. Compared to the last vision report in 2010, capital cost projections are lower, ridership projections are higher and the highlight remains fast travel times: by 2040 2030, you'll be able to go from NYC to Philadelphia in 37 minutes and to Washington, D.C. in 94 minutes. We'll have more on all that soon, including why the cost projections changed (hint: it has to do with more rail ridership).

In the meantime, here's what the eventual NYC Amtrak hub, Moynihan Station, will look like.

From the report:

"The new Moynihan intercity passenger rail station will extend the present terminal across 8th Avenue into the historic Farley Post Office Building to create a new signature station in New York. The Moyhnihan/Penn Station complex will create a consolidated Amtrak operation on Manhattan's west side and the high level of service and connectivity required for NextGen HSR."



Comments [10]

Nancy Froehlich

Did anyone notice that every virtual model in the images is white?

May. 29 2013 04:49 PM

Matthias is right. Bulldoze MSG and rebuild Penn from the drawings of the original. Plenty of room within that envelope for wi-fi etc.

Jan. 21 2013 06:58 PM

Looks dated already.

Jul. 12 2012 03:22 AM

We got to think big and bold people. Invest in the country's infastruture and bring glory back to Penn Station. So a traveller can enter NYC like kings or queens instead of like rats at penn station.

Jul. 11 2012 05:15 PM

They are limited to what they can do with the Farley Post. Office because it is a landmark, it's on the National register of historic places, it he landmark has already been dedicated , and postmaster Farley is historically associated with the landmark via the WPA murals he commissioned as Postmaster General, and his building supply firm provided the materials for the construction of the Farley P.O.'s annex. The basement and the mail sorting room are all that they are legally allowed to adaptively reuse. The station is a waste and it was all about transferring the air rights to begin with. Just another bonehead idea from Moynihan like the underground expressway on the west side ...was it called west way or something ?

Jul. 11 2012 12:17 PM

This will certainly not replace the old Penn Station (and the renderings don't flatter the Farley Building either), and moving farther west will just make Amtrak less convenient. Can we please just tear down MSG and pull Penn Station back out of the landfill?

Jul. 11 2012 08:57 AM

To Michael Young: never believe the "finishings" in a rendering. Look at the layout, which is good, and ignore the colors and finishes, which are easy to change.

Jul. 11 2012 03:40 AM
Michael Ellis Day

So instead of looking more like the original Pennsylvania Station -- which was surely Senator Moyhnihan's intent in seeking the Farley Post Office building -- the new station will look like a particularly ugly new airport terminal. Perhaps the hope is by the time this project is actually done, this architectural style will look classical.

Jul. 11 2012 02:44 AM
Michael D. Sternfeld

This is a great vision for the future of rail travel. It combines the classic architecture of the Post Office with a very modern and passenger friendly interior.

Jul. 10 2012 08:50 PM
Michael Young

I guess if you take the right drugs you can have any type of "vision." Only Amtrak could come up with something that is just as ugly as the present Penn Station. It has no resonance at all with the exterior of the building. It has all the appeal of a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The only way NYC will get a quality railway terminal is if they can keep Amtrak totally out of the design and construction process.

Jul. 10 2012 02:24 PM

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