Gov. Cuomo announces plan to add 8 tracks to Penn Station

Kimberly Dole
January 06, 2020 - 12:21 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- During a speech at the Association for a Better New York on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed expanding Penn Station to the south, adding eight tracks to the current 21.

"Right now we have no capacity for growth, in terms of mass transit. That is the only way you’re going to reduce the congestion," Cuomo said.

Cuomo today unveiled the 30th proposal of his 2020 State of the State: creating the Empire Station Complex - a 21st century transit complex on Manhattan's West Side.

This plan would increase capacity by 40 percent by transforming the existing Penn Station site and integrate the soon-to-be completed Moynihan Train Halland by acquiring the block south of Penn Station to create an expanded, remodeled and interconnected train and subway complex. 

Cuomo addresses the underlying and most critical problem at the busiest transit hub in the Western Hemisphere with this this new complex that he says is capable of handling more passengers than ever before and will support the State's efforts to reduce congestion .

"For over a century, New York's transportation infrastructure drove our growth, especially in New York City, and after decades of idle talk without any real action, we are once again investing in large public projects to support a stronger economy. We've built more than any state in the nation, and now we are taking another big step to address one of the weakest links in our transit system," Cuomo said.

He added "this expansion in the block south of Penn — combined with the soon-to-be-completed Moynihan Train Hall and the transformation of the existing Penn facility — will create an interconnected, world-class Empire Station Complex that will expand capacity by 40 percent. This will improve how more than half a million New Yorkers commute, travel and work every day, while transforming Penn into the world-class facility the Empire State deserves."

The plan will be overseen by Empire State Development, which will establish a General Project Plan in collaboration with the MTA and Amtrak.

The MTA will be responsible for the transportation planning components of the project and the plan to transform Penn Station.

The total cost length of the project are not currently known.

The State will also explore acquiring the Madison Square Garden Theater, allowing for the possibility of opening Penn and creating a new block-long grand entrance at 8th Avenue.

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