Earlier this year Andrew Cuomo floated the latest plan for building a new train station in New York City to replace the outdated and much-unloved Penn Station. The broad outline of the project included the long-planned conversion of the huge post office building across the street from Penn Station.
Now there are more specific details: On Tuesday Andrew Cuomo revealed a timeline for the project, showed more renderings, and said the project will build a "world class" train station.
Albany to Penn Station
This is of interest here, of course, because NYP is by far the most popular destination from Albany-Rensselaer. And Albany-Rensselaer is one of the nation's 9th busiest train station, with more than 825,000 "on offs" each year.
If you just want to skip to the renderings, they're at the top of the page in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.
Moynihan Train Hall
The post office complex across 8th Avenue from Penn Station is the Farley Building. And the space carved out of it for a new train station will be called Moynihan Train Hall. (Former New York US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan proposed the trains-at-Farley idea decades ago, and there was a plan dating back as far as 10 years ago for the construction of a "Moynihan Station" on the site.)
The Moynihan Train Hall will include shops and restaurants located under a new skylight on the building's historic and architecturally dramatic steel trusses. The building will increase floor space 50 percent from Penn Station, and service riders on the LIRR, Amtrak and eventually accommodate passengers from Metro-North. A total of nine platforms and 17 tracks will be accessible from the Train Hall.
In addition to the Train Hall, RVS will redevelop the entire Farley Post Office Building to include approximately 700,000 square feet of office and retail space which will result in the creation of thousands of new construction and permanent jobs.
There will be an underground concourse connecting the train hall to Penn Station.
The Cuomo admin says train hall project will be about $1.6 billion and a development team -- Related Companies, Vornado Realty LP, and Skanska AB -- has been selected. About $600 million is coming from the developers for the rights redevelop the Farley Building, $570 million from Empire State Development, and $425 million from Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, Port Authority, and the feds.
Andrew Cuomo said the project is set for completion by the end of 2020.
The overall project also includes the refurbishment and redevelopment of Penn Station. Blurbage:
A dramatic redesign of the LIRR portions of Penn Station will significantly improve passenger experience and circulation. The plan will include nearly tripling the width of the 33rd Street Corridor, which is among the busiest sections of Penn Station and stretches along the station's lower level from Seventh to Eighth Avenue. Other improvements will include upgraded lighting and wayfinding, and digital screens to convey information and create a modern passenger experience. It is anticipated that the majority of the corridor improvements will be completed simultaneous to the Train Hall's opening, with other elements completed sooner. Construction of the new LIRR corridor will cost an estimated $170 million.
Also: The new LIRR concourse will have an LED screen ceiling that "will appear as a blue sky with clouds." As Cuomo said in his presentation Tuesday: "It really gives you a sense of openness as opposed to being closed in."
Empire State Station?
Back in January when Andrew Cuomo floated this latest iteration of the plan, the new complex was tagged as "Empire State Station." That name wasn't mentioned in the materials released this week. Instead it was referred to as the "Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex."
Because you can't have a major infrastructure project without powerpoint, here's Andrew Cuomo's slide deck from Tuesday. It includes a few other bits if you're curious.
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