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Moynihan Train Hall construction starting

Moynihan Train Hall rendering cross section

A cross section of the planned project.

The Cuomo admin announced Thursday that construction is starting on the Moynihan Train Hall, which serve as the new station for Amtrak trains in New York City. The $1.6 billion project is expected to be finished in 2020.

The train hall will be in the Farley Building -- a post office complex -- across the street from Penn Station. 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. Now a version of the idea is finally happening.

An underground concourse will connect Moynihan to Penn Station. The train hall will also serve the Long Island Rail Road.

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. Also: Penn Station is depressing.

Here are new renderings, along with an animated promo video....

Renderings

They're at the top in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.

Promo video

A Cuomo admin promo video that shows what the station will look like in action:

Earlier

+ The plan for a new NYC train station. (For real this time. Probably.)

+ Amtrak is now running some trains from Albany-Rensselaer to Grand Central

Comments

I feel that we probably won't see a grand opening in 2020 but I really look forward to travelling through Moynihan Station - whenever it's ready for passengers.

It looks awesome. Hopefully 45 will pony up some cash for it.

I love the openness of the new train hall, and the way it lets the light in. Reminds me of some of the train stations in Europe.

Unfortunately, for all the pomp and circus, this new project is emblematic of Cuomo’s style of proposing grand, flashy projects, which have limited forethought and/or don’t necessarily improve the customer experience. Like the New Tappan Zee Bridge, which didn’t incorporate mass transit features to save a billion off the present $4 billion price tag and taking a step backward as opposed to going forward with a significant infrastructure investment, this new station has some significant flaws. Firstly, it reduces the number of already limited connections to NYC’s transit system (see this Slate article for the details: http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/09/29/new_york_s_new_moynihan_train_hall_will_be_less_convenient_than_penn_station.html). Secondly, as has become increasingly apparent, all systems are tied together and one kink here, has cascading affects elsewhere. You can smack a nice looking new transit center that services Amtrak and LIRR, but commuters using those system could still be stymied by delays elsewhere. Here’s hoping that as part of the design, Amtrak/LIRR will have dedicated tracks that don’t interfere with each other or with the subway system, otherwise, you’re still going to be stuck “in traffic” to get to your new flashy station.

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