Posts Tagged ‘Moynihan Train Hall’

Penn Station Project Part of NY Infrastructure Plan

January 16, 2021

A $306 billion infrastructure plan announced this week by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes funding for a reconstruction of New York City’s Penn Station.

The Penn Station project would build on the development of the Moynihan Train Hall that opened across the street from the station on Jan. 1.

Under the governor’s plans, the $16 billion Penn Station project would involve rebuilding the existing station and adding track capacity as part of developing the Empire Station Complex.

“By acquiring property south of Penn Station, we can expand the complex to 40 percent more train capacity and at least eight additional underground tracks to cut down on delays and improve operations for the more than 600,000 [daily] passengers.” Cuomo said in a statement.

The Penn Station project is part of a $51 billion, transit-oriented development in Midtown Manhattan that includes state acquisition of a block south of Penn Station that would allow adding eight tracks to be added to the 21 existing tracks.

The proposal also includes two new Hudson River tunnels, part of the Gateway project, and renovation of the existing tunnels.

Amtrak OIG Cites, Planning, Oversight Issues in Moynihan Train Hall Project in New York City

August 21, 2020

Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General said this week that planning and oversight problems in the initial stages of Amtrak’s development of Moynihan Train Hall in New York City have led to $72.8 million in cost increases.

The OIG reports said completion of the project could be extended beyond its late 2020 target date.

The work is converting the James A. Farley Post Office building into a transportation center located adjacent to Penn Station.

The project cost has been put at $1.6 million and Amtrak’s initial $106 million share has increased by 69%, according to the OIG report.

The report faulted Amtrak for its failure to include into its projections such elements as design costs, construction management, and information technology.

OIG said in a news release that the problems “are another example of a longstanding pattern of program management challenges the OIG has reported on extensively.”

Taking a Look at Plans for Moynihan Train Hall

April 23, 2019

Amtrak has given a sneak peak at the Moynihan Train Hall in New York, telling Trains magazine that the facility will have natural lighting, additional space, and an upgraded Metropolitan Lounge.

Moynihan Train Hall, which will be a part of Penn Station, is expected to open in early 2021.

It is being built in the former Farley Post Office Building, which is located across Eighth Avenue from Penn Station.

The project is being completed in phases with the West End Concourse having opened in September 2018.

Next up is a 255,000-square-foot area that will feature a larger boarding concourse with natural light from 92-foot-high skylights. It will also house ticket counters and baggage facilities.

The 10,000-square-foot Metropolitan Lounge will have windows, dedicated customer service agents, priority boarding, a family area, and seating and tables with access to electrical outlets and USB ports.

The lounge can accommodate 300, who will be able to look down on the Train Hall plaza from a 20-foot-high balcony.

New retail space will include stores and dining outlets. The U.S. Postal Service will continue to use a portion of the facility.

The main entrance to the Train Hall will be from West 31st Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues.

New Jersey, Amtrak Settle NEC Billing Dispute

February 14, 2019

Amtrak and New Jersey have reached a settlement of a dispute over past billing issues.

The settlement was announced on Wednesday and resolves a dispute over $189 million.

State and Amtrak officials said the settlement completes the state’s past obligations to Amtrak for service in the Northeast Corridor that NJ Transit trains use.

The agreement also will enable increased cooperation between the state and Amtrak for Northeast Corridor infrastructure projects.

This includes a new station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, which is expected to open next year.

It will also include providing NJ Transit additional space at Amtrak’s Moynihan Station in New York City when it opens in 2021.

There will be the creation of a joint NJ Transit, Long Island Rail Road, and Amtrak operations center.

Glimpse of NYC’s Planned Metropolitan Lounge

January 29, 2019

Although its opening is two years away, some media outlets have been giving a glimpse at the plans for a new Metropolitan lounge for Amtrak passengers at New York’s Penn Station. The accounts are based on artist drawings that Amtrak has released.

The lounge is to be built in the Moynihan Train Hall, which expected to open in early 2021.

It will feature updated seating with USB ports and numerous electric outlets, a business center and dedicated customer service agents.

Passengers using the lounge will receive priority boarding. A rotating selection of hot and cold food items will be offered along with the availability of alcoholic beverages.

That would be an upgrade over the existing ClubAcela lounge located near Tracks 7 and 8 with its limited selection of snacks, soda and coffee.

The new lounge will be located 20 feet above the central hall, thus providing a prime people-watching spot.

Passengers entitled to use the lounge will include those holding Acela First Class or sleeping car tickets as well as Amtrak Guest Rewards Select Plus and Select Executive members.

The Moynihan hall will offer all passengers free Wi-Fi and a lactation lounge.