The 56th Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, has announced that major construction on a modern train hall across the congested Penn Station has kicked off. For many years, New Yorkers were promised an ultra-modern train hall worthy of the city that never sleeps. “Now we're delivering on that promise,” Governor Cuomo said at a press briefing.
The new Moynihan Train Hall is located within James A. Farley Building. It will serve as a new hall for Long Island and Amtrak passengers.
Cuomo said that the Moynihan Train Hall will allow commuters to move from one place to another more quickly than they do now. He said his administration seeks to transform Penn Station into a 21st century facility.
The aim of transforming the confusing and congested Penn Station into a friendly, ultra-modern transport hub has escaped officials' mind for many years. Today, however, the state of New York is looking forward to delivering a modern transportation facility to New Yorkers.
The modern train hall ids named after U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Moynihan was a member of the Democratic Party and represented NYC in the U.S. senate. He also served as President Richard Nixon's adviser. Moynihan died on March 23, 2003.
For years, Senator Daniel Moynihan had been planning to transform the station. He wanted to expand it into the Farley Building. After his death, the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that it will honor Moynihan's ideas and their final implementation by naming the station after him. New York official broke ground last week after a two decade delay.
Governor Cuomo said the new train hall will be far much better than Penn Station. He said the current Penn Station is outdated. On the other hand, the Moynihan Train Hall is light and spacious. It reduces anxiety and stress. “It has style,” Cuomo told several news reporters.
The multibillion dollar project also includes installing state-of-the-art communication system. For example, it will involve the installation of numerous digital informational screens on Far West side of Manhattan.
The construction is being carried out by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD). Furthermore, the project is expected thousands of temporary and permanent jobs.
According to the governor, the cost of the project is $1.6 billion. The office of the governor broke down that amount as follows: The state will pump in 550 million dollars into the project and 630 million dollars will be supplied by three companies – Related Companies, Vornado Reality Trust and Skanska AB.
A federal grant in conjunction with Port Authority, MTA and Amtrak will supply 420 million dollars. Apart from being a train hall station, the new station will serve as a retain, commercial and dining venues.
The Moynihan Train Hall will feature a 92-foot skylight, seventeen tracks and nine train platforms. Once the project is completed, the new train station will connect passengers to the nearby Pennsylvania Station through the West End concourse.
The construction of the long-awaited Moynihan Train Hall is projected to be completed by December 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.