New Expanded West End Concourse Increases Passenger Circulation, Eases Congestion and Improves Wayfinding
State-of-the-Art Concourse Creates Passenger Access to the Penn Station Tracks and Platforms through the Landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building for the First Time
Final Deal Closed for $1.6 Billion Penn-Farley Complex After Decades of Delays
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Charles Schumer today marked the opening of Penn Station’s expanded West End Concourse, the first phase of the transformational redesign of America’s busiest transit hub into a world-class facility for the 21st Century. The new, state-of-the-art concourse will provide direct access to 17 of the station’s 21 tracks, and will connect the future Moynihan Train Hall to Penn Station underground via 33rd Street, with direct connection to the 8th Avenue Subway (A/C/E). New plazas and street level entrances at 8thAvenue into the century-old, landmarked Farley Building on either side of monumental staircase will provide access to this new, lower concourse as well as streamline boarding and exiting for passengers. Public art and landscaping will greet commuters accessing the trains via these new entrances.
“The state-of-the-art-infrastructure, technology upgrades, and wayfinding improvements of the expanded West End concourse will provide immediate relief for passengers enduring increasing congestion and overcrowding in Penn Station and help New Yorkers get to where they need to go better and faster," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank Senator Schumer for his leadership on this project and his commitment to making Senator Moynihan's bold vision a reality. With the final agreement allowing for major construction to begin, we are moving full speed ahead in our work to build a bolder, fully modernized Penn-Farley Complex, bringing Penn Station out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st century.”
Senator Chuck Schumer said, "This is a monumental day in New York City history because we are one step closer to making Senator Moynihan’s vision of transforming the Farley Post Office into a 21st century rail hub a reality. The expanded West End Concourse will take tremendous pressure off of the overcrowded Penn Station complex, and attract visitors and community residents to the food, shopping and grandeur of the entire complex. Once complete, Moynihan Station is poised to be one of the greatest transportation and infrastructure legacies of our generation,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. “I am proud to have helped deliver critical federal resources that paved the way for Moynihan Station and enabled Amtrak to contribute to this critical hub. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his role in pushing this deal through the finish line. This is exactly how government is supposed to work. As New York City continues to grow, we must continue to invest in major infrastructure projects like this one to guarantee New York can handle the transportation needs of the next century.”
The West End Concourse Expansion completes the first phase of the transformational Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex announced by Governor Cuomo in September 2016 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. Last week, Governor Cuomo announced the final agreement on the $1.6 billion redevelopment of the Penn-Farley Complex allowing for major construction to begin after decades of delays. New renderings of the new Penn-Farley Complex are available here.
Senator Schumer has long been a champion of federal support for Moynihan Station, taking up the mantle from Senator Moynihan. Phase 1 of the project includes $80 million in federal earmarks secured by both Senator Moynihan and Schumer. In 2010, Schumer secured $83 million from the TIGER program, the largest ever grant from this program. The TIGER grant provided the last piece of funding necessary to start the construction of Phase 1. Schumer repeatedly pushed then-USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood to support the project and to commit maximum federal support through the TIGER program. Other federal funding secured for Phase 1 of Moynihan includes $30 million in FRA High Speed Rail funding, $64 million in CMAQ funding and $6 million from Amtrak for a total federal contribution of $270 million.
West End Concourse Design
The new West End concourse increases passenger circulation and streamlines train operations by doubling the length and width of the original concourse, providing new stairways connecting with nine of Penn Station’s eleven train platforms, and adding an additional passenger elevator on each platform for comfort and increased ADA accessibility. These new vertical access points will allow passengers to enter and leave the platforms faster and more easily, reducing dwell time for the trains on these platforms during boarding and disembarking.
The expanded West End Concourse also features state-of-the-art facilities and technology designed to improve overall passenger experience, including digital media screens for train information, graphic way-finding to improve navigation for NYC tourists as well as regular commuters, upgraded high-tech and energy efficient LED lighting, and year-round climate control.
Penn Farley Complex Design
The Farley Building’s Moynihan Train Hall will include shops and restaurants located under a new skylight on the building’s historic and architecturally dramatic steel trusses. The new Train Hall will increase total concourse floor space by 50 percent from the current facility, 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. The Farley Building will also be redeveloped 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, and create a dynamic civic space for Manhattan’s West Side.
...we are moving full speed ahead in our work to build a bolder, fully modernized Penn-Farley Complex, bringing Penn Station out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st century.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “This is the first step in creating a new rail and transit hub at the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex, modernizing and improving our rail infrastructure for the 21st Century. I will continue to work with Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, and my colleagues in our Congressional delegation to push for federal funds to complete the entire Penn-Farley project.”
Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, “The new Moynihan Train Hall will be a beautiful addition to New York City that will have a direct economic impact on the West Side of Manhattan. By creating a hub for businesses and commuters alike, we are transforming the Farley Post Office into an iconic civic space for the neighborhood. Governor Cuomo has made the Penn Farley complex a priority since day one, and the opening of the West End concourse is a testament of the progress we are making together to get it done for New Yorkers.”
Congressman Pete King said, "With the opening of the West End Concourse at Penn Station, thousands of frustrated ýNew Yorkers and tourists alike will experience much-needed relief during their commutes. Governor Cuomo has been a staunch supporter of improving our transportation infrastructure in every corner of the state and with the completion of this project, we will ensure that the New York City is home to the most effective and efficient transportation network in the country."
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said, “For decades, New York's busiest transportation system has been neglected and left stagnant, but through the Governor’s historic investments in improving and upgrading our infrastructure, that is no longer the case. Through this strong and effective partnership, the project to revamp and transform Penn Station will finally be realized as we work to bring progress and improvements to commuters all across the New York City area. Penn Station is one of the world's busiest hubs for both commuters and tourists alike, and it is critical that we ensure its continued viability for decades to come."
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez said, "This new, state-of-the-art concourse is major step in transforming Penn Station into a viable 21st century transportation hub. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership, countless commuters will experience long awaited relief on New York's busy transportation network and as this project progresses, thousands more will too. I look forward to continuing to partner with the Governor and my colleagues in government to deliver real, tangible improvements to the routes that they utilize every day."
Senator Brad Hoylman said, “Keeping our transportation systems modern and viable is critical to allowing New York City to move forward. With the opening of the new concourse at Penn Station, we take another step in ensuring that this busy hub can dependably serve New Yorkers and visitors to our great city well into the future. I thank Governor Cuomo and our partners at the federal, state and local levels for their dedication to pushing this ambitious project forward, and I look forward to continuing to work together to transform New York City’s aging infrastructure into a world-class center for years to come.”
Council Member Corey Johnson said, "After decades of delays and disappointments, the Penn Farley complex is on track to become a reality. The state-of-the-art West End concourse is already easing congestion and improving the experience for thousands of commuters every day, and the Moynihan Train Hall will soon become the beautiful train station that New Yorkers deserve. I applaud the Governor for championing this historic project and getting it done for our residents."
Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The West End Concourse will alleviate overcrowding and improve the commutes of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. This milestone represents the first step in the transformation of Penn Station into a world-class transit hub."