Pennsylvania Station (New York City)

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New York Pennsylvania Station
Amtrak station
MTA Long Island Rail Road commuter rail terminal
New Jersey Transit commuter rail terminal
MTA New York City Subway station (via transfer)
MTA New York City Bus terminal
Intercity bus terminal
Penn Station NYC main entrance.jpg
Entrance on Seventh Avenue, with Madison Square Garden and Penn Plaza in the background.
Station statistics
Address8th Ave & 31st St, New York, NY 10001
7th Ave & 8th Ave between 31st St & 33rd St
Coordinates40°45′02″N 73°59′38″W / 40.750638°N 73.993899°W / 40.750638; -73.993899Coordinates: 40°45′02″N 73°59′38″W / 40.750638°N 73.993899°W / 40.750638; -73.993899
Line(s)Amtrak:Long Island Rail Road:New Jersey Transit:
Connections
MTA New York City Subway:
NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3 at 34th Street – Penn Station (Seventh Avenue)
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E at 34th Street – Penn Station (Eighth Avenue)
Local Transit NYCT Bus: M4, M7, M20, M34/M34A SBS, Q32
Intercity Bus Atlantic Express: X23, X24
Intercity Bus Megabus: M21, M22, M23, M24, M27
Intercity Bus Greyhound Lines: BoltBus and NeOn
Shuttle Bus Eastern Shuttle
Airport Shuttle New York Airport Service: Thruway Motorcoach service to airports
Platforms11
Tracks21
Baggage checkAvailable for Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Northeast Regional 66 and 67, Palmetto, Silver Meteor and Silver Star trains
Other information
Opened1910
Rebuilt1964
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Station codeAmtrak: NYP
IATA: ZYP
Owned byAmtrak
Fare zoneCity Terminal Zone (LIRR)
Zone 1 (New Jersey Transit)
Traffic
Passengers (2012)79,616 Average weekday[1] (NJT)
Passengers (2013)9.556 million Annually[2] Increase 0.7% (Amtrak)
Passengers (2014)231,140 Average weekday[3] (LIRR)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Acela Express
Vermonter
toward St. Albans
Northeast Regional
toward Chicago
CardinalTerminus
toward Charlotte
Carolinian
toward New Orleans
Crescent
toward Harrisburg
Keystone Service
toward Pittsburgh
Pennsylvanian
toward Savannah
Palmetto
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
Silver Star
toward Montreal
Adirondack
Empire Service
toward Rutland
Ethan Allen Express
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf
toward Chicago
Lake Shore Limited
MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR
TerminusMain Line
(City Terminal Zone)
toward Long Island
Port Washington Branch
NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail
toward Trenton
Northeast Corridor LineTerminus
toward Bay Head
North Jersey Coast Line
toward Hackettstown
Montclair-Boonton Line
Morristown Line
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward Chicago
Main LineTerminus
New York and Long Branch Railroad
 
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New York Pennsylvania Station
Amtrak station
MTA Long Island Rail Road commuter rail terminal
New Jersey Transit commuter rail terminal
MTA New York City Subway station (via transfer)
MTA New York City Bus terminal
Intercity bus terminal
Penn Station NYC main entrance.jpg
Entrance on Seventh Avenue, with Madison Square Garden and Penn Plaza in the background.
Station statistics
Address8th Ave & 31st St, New York, NY 10001
7th Ave & 8th Ave between 31st St & 33rd St
Coordinates40°45′02″N 73°59′38″W / 40.750638°N 73.993899°W / 40.750638; -73.993899Coordinates: 40°45′02″N 73°59′38″W / 40.750638°N 73.993899°W / 40.750638; -73.993899
Line(s)Amtrak:Long Island Rail Road:New Jersey Transit:
Connections
MTA New York City Subway:
NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3 at 34th Street – Penn Station (Seventh Avenue)
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E at 34th Street – Penn Station (Eighth Avenue)
Local Transit NYCT Bus: M4, M7, M20, M34/M34A SBS, Q32
Intercity Bus Atlantic Express: X23, X24
Intercity Bus Megabus: M21, M22, M23, M24, M27
Intercity Bus Greyhound Lines: BoltBus and NeOn
Shuttle Bus Eastern Shuttle
Airport Shuttle New York Airport Service: Thruway Motorcoach service to airports
Platforms11
Tracks21
Baggage checkAvailable for Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Northeast Regional 66 and 67, Palmetto, Silver Meteor and Silver Star trains
Other information
Opened1910
Rebuilt1964
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Station codeAmtrak: NYP
IATA: ZYP
Owned byAmtrak
Fare zoneCity Terminal Zone (LIRR)
Zone 1 (New Jersey Transit)
Traffic
Passengers (2012)79,616 Average weekday[1] (NJT)
Passengers (2013)9.556 million Annually[2] Increase 0.7% (Amtrak)
Passengers (2014)231,140 Average weekday[3] (LIRR)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Acela Express
Vermonter
toward St. Albans
Northeast Regional
toward Chicago
CardinalTerminus
toward Charlotte
Carolinian
toward New Orleans
Crescent
toward Harrisburg
Keystone Service
toward Pittsburgh
Pennsylvanian
toward Savannah
Palmetto
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
Silver Star
toward Montreal
Adirondack
Empire Service
toward Rutland
Ethan Allen Express
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf
toward Chicago
Lake Shore Limited
MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR
TerminusMain Line
(City Terminal Zone)
toward Long Island
Port Washington Branch
NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail
toward Trenton
Northeast Corridor LineTerminus
toward Bay Head
North Jersey Coast Line
toward Hackettstown
Montclair-Boonton Line
Morristown Line
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward Chicago
Main LineTerminus
New York and Long Branch Railroad

Pennsylvania Station — known as New York Penn Station or just Penn Station — is a major intercity train station and a major commuter rail hub in New York City. Serving 430,000 passengers a day [4] (compared to 700,000 across town at Grand Central Terminal)[5] at a rate of up to a thousand every 90 seconds,[6] it is one of the busiest passenger transportation facilities in the United States[7] and in North America.[8][9]

The station is located in the underground levels of Pennsylvania Plaza, an urban complex between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue and between 31st and 33rd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. It is located underneath Madison Square Garden and lies in proximity to other Manhattan landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Koreatown, and Macy's at Herald Square.

Penn Station is at the center of the Northeast Corridor, an electrified passenger rail line extending southward from the New York metropolitan area to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. and northward to Boston. Intercity trains are operated by Amtrak which owns the entire station, while commuter rail services are operated by the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit. The station has twenty-one tracks fed by six tunnels.[10]

Penn Station saw 8.4 million Amtrak passenger arrivals and departures in 2010, about double the traffic at the next busiest station, Union Station in Washington, D.C.[11] Penn Station's assigned IATA airport code is ZYP.[12] Its Amtrak and NJ Transit station code is NYP.

Connections are available within the complex to two stations of the New York City Subway, and to many bus services at street level. The two subway stations are at opposite ends of the complex (Eighth Avenue Line & Seventh Avenue Line) and otherwise unconnected.

Services[edit]

Inter-city rail[edit]

Amtrak[edit]

Amtrak owns the station and uses it for the following services:

Despite its status as the busiest train station for Amtrak, Pennsylvania Station does not have adequate clearance for its Superliner railcars.

Amtrak normally uses tracks 5–16 alongside New Jersey Transit as well as the LIRR for 13–16.

Commuter rail[edit]

Long Island Rail Road[edit]

All branches connect at Jamaica station except the Port Washington Branch.

Normally, the LIRR uses tracks 17–21 exclusively and shares 13–16 with Amtrak and NJT.

New Jersey Transit[edit]

Passengers can transfer at Secaucus Junction to Main Line, Bergen County Line, Port Jervis Line, and Pascack Valley Line trains, as well as Meadowlands Rail Line event service.

Passengers can transfer at Newark (Penn Station) to Raritan Valley Line trains.

The first Dual-Powered(Diesel & Electric) train arrived on March 8, 2013 from the Montclair-Boonton Line because of electrical work happening on the line.

NJT normally has the exclusive use of tracks 1–4, and shares tracks 5–16 with Amtrak and tracks 13–16 with the LIRR as well.

Rapid transit[edit]

New York City Subway[edit]

PATH[edit]

Bus and coach[edit]

New York City Bus[edit]

BoltBus[edit]

BoltBus is a discount bus company owned and operated through a 50/50 partnership between Greyhound and Peter Pan bus lines. They operate intercity bus service from two stops at Pennsylvania Station (New York City).

Penn Station Bus Stop #1 (West 33rd Street and 7th Avenue)

Penn Station Bus Stop #2 (West 34th Street and 8th Avenue)

Vamoose Bus[edit]

Vamoose Bus is a privately owned company providing transportation from their stop one block from Penn Station to the Washington DC area.

Penn Station bus stop (West 30th Street and 7th Avenue)

United Airlines[edit]

Penn Station includes a United Airlines ticketing office, located at the ticket lobby.[13] This was previously a Continental Airlines ticketing office.[14]

Station layout[edit]


History[edit]

Pennsylvania Station is named for the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), its builder and original tenant, and shares its name with several stations in other cities. The current facility is the substantially remodeled underground remnant of a much grander structure designed by McKim, Mead, and White and completed in 1910. The original Pennsylvania Station was considered a masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style and one of the architectural jewels of New York City. Demolition of the original head house and train shed began in 1963. The Pennsylvania Plaza complex, including the fourth and current Madison Square Garden, was completed in 1968.

Planning and construction[edit]

LIRR sign at Penn Station

Until the early 20th century, the PRR's rail network terminated on the western side of the Hudson River (once known locally as the North River) at Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. Manhattan-bound passengers boarded ferries to cross the Hudson River for the final stretch of their journey. The rival New York Central Railroad's line ran down Manhattan from the north under Park Avenue and terminated at Grand Central Terminal at 42nd St.

The Pennsylvania Railroad considered building a rail bridge across the Hudson, but the state[which?] required such a bridge to be a joint project with other New Jersey railroads, who were not interested.[16][17] The alternative was to tunnel under the river, but steam locomotives could not use such a tunnel due to the accumulation of pollution in a closed space; in any case the New York State Legislature had prohibited steam locomotives in Manhattan after July 1, 1908.[18] The development of the electric locomotive at the turn of the 20th century made a tunnel feasible. On December 12, 1901 PRR president Alexander Cassatt announced the railroad's plan to enter New York City by tunneling under the Hudson and building a grand station on the West Side of Manhattan south of 34th Street.

Beginning in June 1903 the North River Tunnels, two single-track tunnels, were bored from the west under the Hudson River and four single-track tunnels were bored from the east under the East River. This second set of tunnels linked the new station to Queens and the Long Island Rail Road, which came under PRR control (see East River Tunnels), and Sunnyside Yard in Queens, where trains would be maintained and assembled. Electrification was initially 600 volts DC–third rail, later changed to 11,000 volts AC–overhead catenary, when electrification of PRR's mainline was eventually extended to Washington, D. C. in the early 1930s.[16]

The tunnel technology was so innovative that in 1907 the PRR shipped an actual 23-foot (7.0 m) diameter section of the new East River Tunnels to the Jamestown Exposition in Norfolk, Virginia, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the nearby founding of the colony at Jamestown. The same tube, with an inscription indicating that it had been displayed at the Exposition, was later installed under water and remains in use today. Construction was completed on the Hudson River tunnels on October 9, 1906, and on the East River tunnels March 18, 1908. Meanwhile, ground was broken for Pennsylvania Station on May 1, 1904. By the time of its completion and the inauguration of regular through train service on Sunday, November 27, 1910, the total project cost to the Pennsylvania Railroad for the station and associated tunnels was $114 million (approximately $2.7 billion in 2011 dollars), according to an Interstate Commerce Commission report.[19]:156–7

The railroad paid tribute to Cassatt, who did not live to see the completion of his great edifice:

Alexander Johnston Cassatt

President, Pennsylvania Railroad Company 1899–1906
Whose Foresight, Courage and Ability achieved the extension of the Pennsylvania Railroad into New York City

    —Inscription on statue of Alexander Cassatt in Pennsylvania Station (1910)[16]
View from the northeast, c. 1911. The structure stood out among the other buildings in the area. Most of the buildings in the scene are no longer standing, and have been replaced with taller buildings and skyscrapers.

Occupying two city blocks from Seventh Avenue to Eighth Avenue and from 31st to 33rd Streets, the Pennsylvania Station building was 784 by 430 feet, covering an area of 8 acres (3.2 ha). It was one of the first rail terminals to separate arriving from departing passengers on two concourses.[19]:151

Original structure (1910–1963)[edit]

The original structure was made of pink granite and marked by an imposing, sober colonnade of Roman unfluted version of classical Greek Doric columns. The colonnades embodied the sophisticated integration of multiple functions and circulation of people and goods. McKim, Mead & White's Pennsylvania Station combined glass-and-steel train sheds and a magnificently proportioned concourse with a breathtaking monumental entrance to New York City. From the street twin carriageways, modelled after Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, led to the two railroads the building served, the Pennsylvania and the Long Island Rail Road. The main waiting room, inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, approximated the scale of St. Peter's nave in Rome, expressed here in a steel framework clad in plaster that imitated the lower wall portions of travertine. 150 feet high, it was the largest indoor space in New York City and one of the largest public spaces in the world. The Baltimore Sun said in April 2007 that the station was “as grand a corporate statement in stone, glass and sculpture as one could imagine.”[20] Historian Jill Jonnes called the original edifice a “great Doric temple to transportation.”[21]

Concourse of Penn Station c. 1935.

During half a century of operation under Pennsylvania Railroad (1910–1963) scores of intercity passenger trains arrived and departed daily to Chicago and St. Louis on “Pennsy” rails and beyond on connecting railroads to Miami and the west. Along with Long Island Rail Road trains Penn Station saw trains of the New Haven and the Lehigh Valley Railroads. During World War I and the early 1920s rival Baltimore and Ohio Railroad passenger trains to Washington, Chicago, and St. Louis also used Penn Station, initially by order of the United States Railroad Administration, until the Pennsylvania Railroad terminated the B&O's access in 1926.[22] The station saw its heaviest use during World War II but by the late-1950s intercity rail passenger volumes had declined dramatically with the coming of the Jet Age and the Interstate Highway System.

The concourse in 1962. In 1963-64, the vaulted skylights and outer walls were demolished, and the concourse was renovated into its present configuration.

The Pennsylvania Railroad optioned the air rights of Penn Station in the 1950s. The option called for the demolition of the head-house and train shed, to be replaced by an office complex and a new sports complex. The tracks of the station, perhaps fifty feet below street level, would remain untouched.[23] Demolition began in October 1963. Plans for the new Penn Plaza and Madison Square Garden were announced in 1962. In exchange for the air-rights to Penn Station, the Pennsylvania Railroad would get a brand-new, air-conditioned, smaller station completely below street level at no cost, and a 25% stake in the new Madison Square Garden Complex.

The demolition of the head house—although considered by some to be justified as progressive at a time of declining rail passenger service—created international outrage.[20] As dismantling of the structure began, The New York Times editorially lamented, "Until the first blow fell, no one was convinced that Penn Station really would be demolished, or that New York would permit this monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age of Roman elegance."[24]

Its destruction left a lasting wound in the architectural consciousness of the city. A famous photograph by Eddie Hausner of the ruined sculpture "Day" by Adolph Alexander Weinman in a landfill of the New Jersey Meadowlands struck a guilty chord. Pennsylvania Station's demolition is considered the catalyst for the enactment of the city's first architectural preservation statutes. One of the sculpted clock surrounds, whose figures were based on model Audrey Munson, still survives as the Eagle Scout Memorial Fountain in Kansas City, Missouri. Another clock sculpture, "Night", is in the sculpture garden at the Brooklyn Museum, and 14 of the 22 original eagle ornaments still exist.[25] Ottawa's Union Station, built in 1912, a year after Penn Station, is another replica of the Baths of Caracalla; its departure hall now provides an idea of what the interior of Penn Station looked like (at half the scale). Chicago Union Station is also based on the design of these earlier structures.

Demolition of station building [edit]

Original eagle now in Ringwood, NJ

After a renovation covered some of the grand columns with plastic and blocked off the spacious central hallway with a new ticket office, author Lewis Mumford wrote critically in The New Yorker in 1958 that “nothing further that could be done to the station could damage it.” History was to prove him wrong. Under the presidency of Pennsylvania Railroad's Stuart T. Saunders (who later headed ill-fated Penn Central Transportation), demolition of the above-ground station house began in October 1963. As most of the rail infrastructure was below street level, including the waiting room, concourses, and boarding platforms, rail service was maintained throughout demolition with only minor disruptions. Madison Square Garden, along with two office towers were built above the extensively renovated concourses and waiting area (the tracks and boarding platforms were not modified at this time).[26] A 1968 advertisement depicted architect Charles Luckman's model of the final plan for the Madison Square Garden Center complex.[27]

A point made in the defense of the demolition of the old Penn Station at the time was that the cost of maintaining the old structure had become prohibitive. The question of whether it made sense to preserve a building, intended to be a cost-effective and functional piece of the city's infrastructure, simply as a monument to the past was raised in defense of the plans to demolish it. As a New York Times editorial critical of the demolition noted at the time, a "city gets what it wants, is willing to pay for, and ultimately deserves."[24] Modern architects rushed to save the ornate building, although it was contrary to their own styles. They called the station a treasure and chanted "Don't Amputate – Renovate" at rallies.[28]

Only three eagles salvaged from the station are known to remain in New York City: two in front of the Penn Plaza / Madison Square Garden complex, and one at The Cooper Union, Weinman's alma mater. Cooper's eagle had been located in the courtyard of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at 51 Astor Place,[29] but was relocated in the summer of 2009, along with the engineering school, to a new academic building at 41 Cooper Square. This eagle is no longer viewable from the street, as it is located on the building's green roof.[30] Three are on Long Island: two at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point and one at the Long Island Rail Road station in Hicksville, New York. Four reside on the Market Street Bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, across from that city's 30th Street Station. One is positioned near the end zone at the football field of Hampden-Sydney College near Farmville, Virginia. Yet another is located on the grounds of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

The controversy over the demolition of such a well-known landmark, and its replacement by what continues to be widely[by whom?] deplored, are often cited as catalysts for the architectural preservation movement in the United States. New laws were passed to restrict such demolition. Within the decade, Grand Central Terminal was protected under the city's new landmarks preservation act, a protection upheld by the courts in 1978 after a challenge by Grand Central's owner, Penn Central Transportation.

The outcry over the loss of Penn Station prompted activists to question the “development scheme” mentality cultivated by New York's “master builder”, Robert Moses. Public protests and a rejection of his plan by the city government meant an end to Moses's plans for a Lower Manhattan Expressway.

In the longer run, the sense that something irreplaceable had been lost contributed to the erosion of confidence in Modernism itself and its sweeping forms of urban renewal. Interest in historic preservation was strengthened. Comparing the new and the old Penn Station, renowned Yale architectural historian Vincent Scully once wrote, “One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat.” This feeling, shared by many New Yorkers, has led to movements for a new Penn Station that could somehow atone for the loss of an architectural treasure.[31]

Current structure (1968–present day)[edit]

The Long Island Rail Road's concourse
New Jersey Transit's concourse
Amtrak's concourse

The current Penn Station is situated completely underground and is located underneath Madison Square Garden, 33rd Street, and Two Penn Plaza. The station spans three levels underground with the concourses located on the upper two levels with the train platforms located on the lowest level. The two levels of concourses, while original to the 1910 station, were extensively renovated during the construction of Madison Square Garden, and expanded in subsequent decades.[26] The tracks and platforms are also largely original, except for some work connecting the station to the West Side Rail Yard and the Amtrak Empire Corridor serving Albany and Buffalo, New York.[32][33]

Unlike most train stations, Penn Station does not have a unified design or floor plan but rather is divided into separate Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit concourses with each concourse maintained and styled differently by its respective operator. Amtrak and NJ Transit concourses are located on the first level below the street-level while the Long Island Rail Road concourse is two levels below street-level. The NJ Transit concourse near Seventh Avenue is the newest and opened in 2002 out of existing retail and Amtrak backoffice space.[34][35] A new entrance to this concourse from West 31st Street opened in September 2009.[36] Previously, NJ Transit shared space with the Amtrak concourse. The main LIRR concourse runs below West 33rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Significant renovations were made to this concourse over a three-year period ending in 1994, including the addition of a new entry pavilion on 34th street.[37] The LIRR's West End Concourse, west of Eighth Avenue, opened in 1986.[38] The Amtrak concourse, the largest in the station and originally built for the Pennsylvania Railroad maintain the original 1960s styling and have not been renovated since the new Penn Station was built.

Tracks 1–4 are used by NJ Transit, and tracks 5–12 are used by Amtrak and NJ Transit trains. The LIRR has the exclusive use of tracks 17–21 on the north side of the station and shares tracks 13–16 with Amtrak and NJ Transit.

As of April 3, 2011 the public timetables show 212 weekday LIRR departures, 164 weekday NJ Transit departures, 51 Amtrak departures west to New Jersey and beyond (plus the triweekly Cardinal), 13 Amtrak departures north up the Hudson, and 21 Amtrak departures eastward.

In the 1990s, the current Pennsylvania Station was renovated by Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and New Jersey Transit, to improve the appearance of the waiting and concession areas, sharpen the station information systems (audio and visual) and remove much of the grime. Recalling the erstwhile grandeur of the bygone Penn Station, an old four-sided clock from the original depot was installed at the 34th Street Long Island Rail Road entrance. The walkway from that entrance's escalator also has a mural depicting elements of the old Penn Station's architecture.

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, passenger flow through the Penn Station Complex was curtailed. The taxiway under Madison Square Garden, which ran from 31st Street north to 33rd Street half way between 7th and 8th Avenues, was closed off with concrete Jersey barriers. A covered walkway from the taxiway was constructed to guide arriving passengers to a new taxi-stand on 31st Street.

Despite the improvements, Penn Station continues to be criticized as a low-ceilinged "catacomb" lacking charm, especially when compared to New York's much larger and ornate Grand Central Terminal.[20] The New York Times, in a November 2007 editorial supporting development of an enlarged railroad terminal, said that "Amtrak's beleaguered customers...now scurry through underground rooms bereft of light or character."[39] Times transit reporter Michael M. Grynbaum later called Penn Station "the ugly stepchild of the city’s two great rail terminals."[40]

ClubAcela Lounge[edit]

ClubAcela is a private lounge located on the Amtrak concourse (8th Avenue side of the station). Prior to December 2000 it was known as the Metropolitan Lounge. Guests are provided with comfortable seating, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, newspapers, television sets and a conference room. Access to ClubAcela is restricted to the following passenger types:[41]

Future[edit]

Moynihan Station[edit]

In the early 1990s, U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan began to champion a plan to rebuild the historic Penn Station, in which he had shined shoes during the Great Depression.[42] He proposed building it in the James Farley Post Office building, which was designed by the same McKim, Mead & White architectural firm as the original station and happens to occupy a city block across Eighth Avenue from the current Penn Station. After Moynihan's death in 2003, New York Governor George Pataki and Senator Charles Schumer proposed naming the facility "Moynihan Station" in his honor.[43][44]

Proposed designs throughout the development process, from 1999 (left), 2005 (middle), and 2007 (right)

Initial design proposals were laid out by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 2001.[45] Childs' plan was scrapped for a more modest design by the architectural firms of James Carpenter and Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum in 2005[46] until Skidmore, Owings & Merrill reacquired the project later that year.[47] Though plans once consisted of raising the roof of the Farley building to a height comparable to the original Penn Station, the steel trusses of the Farley building are now slated to be preserved as the station's canopy.[48]

Typical of large projects, the concept has undergone multiple delays and iterations since its conception. During the 2000s (decade), Amtrak withdrew from plans to move from the current Penn Station, leaving New Jersey Transit as the Moynihan Station's anchor tenant.[49][50] Support also grew for "Plan B," an expansion of the project's scope, under which Madison Square Garden would have been relocated to the west flank of the Farley Building, allowing Vornado Realty Trust to construct an office complex on the current Garden site.[51] By 2009, the Garden's owner Cablevision had decided not to move Madison Square Garden, but to renovate its current location instead,[52] and Amtrak had returned as a potential tenant.[53]

The secure of $83.4 million of federal stimulus money in February 2010, shovel-ready elements of the plan which were broken off into "Phase 1," which, together with money from other sources, was fully funded at $267 million. This includes two new entrances to the existing Penn Stations platforms through the Farley Building on Eighth Avenue.[54] Groundbreaking of Phase 1 was on October 18, 2010 and completion is expected in 2016.[55][56] Phase 2 will consist of the new train hall in the fully renovated Farley Building. It is expected to cost up to $1.5 billion, the source of which has not yet been identified.[57]

Madison Square Garden is seen by some as an obstacle in the renovation and possible future expansion of Penn Station. On February 15, 2013, Manhattan Community Board 5 voted 36 to 0 against granting a renewal to MSG's operating permit in perpetuity and proposed a 10-year limit instead in order to build a new Penn Station where the arena is currently standing. Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer said, “Moving the arena is an important first step to improving Penn Station.” The Madison Square Garden Company responded, “It is incongruous to think that M.S.G. would be considering moving.”[58] In June 2013, the New York City Council Committee on Land Use voted unanimously to give the Garden a ten year permit, at the end of which period the owners will either have to relocate, or go back through the permission process.[59] On July 24, the City Council voted to give the Garden a ten year operating permit by a vote of 47 to 1. “This is the first step in finding a new home for Madison Square Garden and building a new Penn Station that is as great as New York and suitable for the 21st century,” said City Council speaker Christine Quinn. “This is an opportunity to reimagine and redevelop Penn Station as a world-class transportation destination.”[60]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

Notes

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  11. ^ Amtrak National Facts, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, accessed November 8, 2009. In 2008, Penn Station saw 8,739,345 boardings.
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