Cuomo Proposes Adding 8 Tracks To Expand Penn Station

Peter Haskell
January 06, 2020 - 3:46 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a plan to dramatically expand Penn Station and increase capacity by 40 percent.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports, the governor’s plan essentially introduces a new terminal that is more inviting and larger than the existing one. The current station has 21 train tracks.

“It would add about eight tracks – about a 40% increase in the number of tracks,” Cuomo said of the plan.

The state will purchase an entire block south of Penn Station to add an additional 125,000-square-feet to the transportation hub.

The construction will be in addition to new 255,000-square-foot Moynihan Station to the west, which is expected to open in December 2020.

Cuomo says the plan will have citywide benefits and significantly reduce congestion. The expansion could also serve an additional 175,000 people per day, according to Cuomo.

“Right now we have no capacity for growth in terms of mass transit, and that is the only way you are going to reduce the congestion,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo says Empire State Development and the MTA will work with the community, property owners, elected officials and New Jersey Transit to ensure their needs are met in the final plan.

There is no word on the cost or a timeline for the project.