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Commuter advocates say Madison Square Garden must be moved

October 10, 2018 - 11:57 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Transportation advocates are meeting in Midtown to demand a fix to the problems at Penn Station.

Beleaguered Long Island commuter Ed Janoff, he shared his thoughts on slogging through Penn Station with 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa.

"It's like I get a chilling feeling every time I go down into Penn Station, like I might not come back," he said.

He joined a newly formed advocacy group of city movers and shakers called Public For Penn Station, who want to see a massive overhaul.

Elizabeth Goldstein of the Municipal Arts Society said it's not just about the station itself.

"Look at the pedestrians, look at the vehicle traffic, look at the empty bike racks that are down the street, and you know that we need a comprehensive plan here," she said.

One component of their plan involves moving Madison Square Garden.

"The expiration of the operating permit for Madison Square Garden in 2023 creates another important milestone and an opportunity to relocate the Garden, which would allow for the creation of a truly a world-class transit hub at Penn Station. Elected leaders gave MSG a ten-year permit extension in 2013; now there are five years left for leaders to create feasible plans for moving the Garden to a new home, which would allow for dramatic improvements to Penn Station," the group said.

They haven't specified where the Garden would wind up, if the plan came to fruition.