Posts Tagged ‘New York Penn Station’

Penn Station Renovation Outlined

April 28, 2021

New York officials have revealed options to redevelop New York Penn Station as part of the proposed $16 billion Empire Station Complex.

Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit are working to together to establish a plan to unify the separate railroads’ concourses into one space.

This project would new tracks and platforms to accommodate growing ridership, expected to increase by 54 percent to 830,000 daily users by 2038.

The first step in project is to rebuild the station’s existing Penn Station layout. That would involve  creating a central atrium and giving NJ Transit some space now used by Amtrak.

However, officials said they are also considering creating an open, single-level concourse that would eliminate all low ceiling heights.

This work would simplify entry and exit routes from trains and the street level while also creating new large circulation areas bigger than the Great Hall of Grand Central Terminal.

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.”

NY Penn Station Waiting Area Renovated

July 28, 2020

Amtrak said it has completed the first phase of a renovation of its waiting area for ticketed passengers at Penn Station in New York.

The waiting area is located on the Amtrak Concourse on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side of the Station.

The project involved installation of new furniture including seats with electrical and USB outlets to charge devices, an upgraded ceiling complete with new LED lighting, a new information desk and a second entrance in close proximity to the New Jersey Transit concourse, offering access towards the 7th Avenue side of the station.

A second phase of the $7.2 million project is underway and is expected to be completed by fall this year.

A temporary space to accommodate passengers during the construction will be near Tracks 13 and 14.

The renovation of the waiting areas began in 2017 as part of a plan to modernize Amtrak stations in the Northeast Corridor.

Other completed work to date includes the new LED lighting in the rotunda area, renovated restrooms, upgraded air conditioning, new furniture in the ClubAcela lounge and rebuilding of the tracks and other infrastructure.

New York Penn Station Waiting Area Being Renovated

January 8, 2020

Amtrak and New Jersey Transit said on Monday that they are renovating the ticketed waiting areas of Penn Station in New York.

The work on the Amtrak Concourse on the Upper Level and Eighth Avenue side of the station will include new furniture and fixtures.

This will include communal tables and seats with electrical and USB outlets to charge electronic devices, an upgraded ceiling complete with new LED lighting, and a family area that will also feature a nursing mothers’ pod.

Workers will remove the midpoint barrier and install a new information desk and a second entrance offering easy access toward the Seventh Avenue side of the Station.

The project will cost $7.2 million and be completed over two phases.

The first phase began on Monday and is expected to be completed in March.

The second phase will then follow and is expected to be completed in June.

During construction there will be two temporary spaces, one for each phase of the project, to accommodate passengers.

The phase I temporary facility will be at the concourse near Tracks 9 and 10 while the second will be near Tracks 13 and 14.

Penn Station Expansion Plan Announced

January 6, 2020

New York Penn Station would be expanded under a plan announced on Monday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a speech in New York, Cuomo said the expansion will occur on building and land situated on a block adjacent to the station.

The expansion would create a new eight track terminal annex with additional tracks that will result in an increased capacity of 175,000 passengers per day.

If implemented, it would be the first expansion of the Penn Station infrastructure footprint since 1910 when the station was completed.

The expansion will occur south of the current station complex, which includes the Moynihan Train Hall that is expected to open late this year in the Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue.

The design of the expansion will be a collaborative effort among New York State, Amtrak, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and others.

Urban planning consultant FXCollaborative will develop and execute the plan at the station, which is owned by Amtrak.

Cuomo’s plan calls for the Empire State Development Corporation to use eminent domain to acquire property between 30th and 31st streets. and Seventh and Eighth avenues.

Some of that property is already owned by Amtrak while the archdiocese of New York owns some parcels. The 22 pieces of property are currently being used for residential use, offices and community facilities.

This would allow construction of eight additional tracks to supplement the 21 tracks currently used at the station.

The plan would also create six entrances to the 125,000-square foot new terminal to be known as the Empire Station Complex.

State officials are also eyeing the acquisition of the Theater at Madison Square Garden and transforming it into a new entrance on Eighth Avenue in a bid to bring more light into Penn Station.

The framework that Cuomo outlined has been discussed before, including by Amtrak as part of its Gateway plan to build two new tunnels beneath the Hudson River.

“The entire old Penn has to be redone,” Cuomo said. “You can’t do that until you have the additional tracks and additional capacity.”

Penn Station is used by Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad.


NY Penn Station Work to Resume Jan. 3

December 21, 2019

Renovation work at New York’s Penn Station will resume on Jan. 3 but will not affect the operations of Amtrak trains.

The next phase of the Infrastructure Renewal Program will involve work on tracks 11 and 14 and cost $7.6 million. The work is expected to be completed by April 17, 2020.

Some Long Island Rail Road schedules will change with five of 144 morning-rush trains being rerouted and six of 130 evening-rush trains being rerouted.

Five trains are being added immediately before or after the rush trains, and other trains are being lengthened, so that the net loss of seating capacity is less than 1 percent.

New York ClubAcela Lounge Closed for Refurbishment

October 26, 2019

The ClubAcela Lounge at New York Penn Station will be closed this weekend (Oct. 26 and 27) for refurbishment.

Temporary seating will be available in the Amtrak/New Jersey Transit ticketed waiting room, located on the main concourse near Tracks 13 and 14 East.

The ClubAcela will reopen on Oct. 28.


More Penn Station Renovation Work Planned

September 7, 2019

Although work has been completed for the summer of 2019 restoration project at New York Penn Station, Amtrak officials are looking ahead to the next phases of renovation set for the facility.

Work will continue on switches and tracks through next may and will be performed during 55-hour windows on weekend and during weekday nights when few trains are using the station.

Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said this work is not expected to delay passengers unless other operating issues occur.’

In that event, he said, “our flexibility may be limited.”

Naparstek said weekly station track Inspections will determine a new five-year plan for upcoming work, including which tracks and switches need attention first, as well as planning for trackwork in the East River Tunnel.

He said tracks from the ends of the station platforms to the Hudson and East River tunnel entrances will need repair soon.

Although work is being planned for summer 2020, Naparstek said it is too early to discuss what that will involve because the Amtrak engineering staff and the commuter railroads using the station are still meeting to define that project.

NYC Penn Station Work Completed

September 2, 2019

With the completion of summer work at New York Penn Station Amtrak plans to return to its normal schedule there on Sept. 3.

The project focused on rebuilding JO interlocking at the east end of the station on the route to the East River tunnels.

Switches were replaced on the east end of tracks 14,15, and 16, primarily used by Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road.

Workers also installed signaling systems, signal machines, cables, and new LED lighting.

The third rail power was replaced and the passenger platforms were repainted.