Governor Andrew Cuomo last week showed off the progress being made to overhaul Penn Station, Long Island Rail Road and the Moynihan Train Hall project.
Penn Station will now have a new entrance at 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue that provides direct access to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and the city’s subways.
The improvements include new stairwells and escalators to help passenger flow.
The LIRR’s Main Concourse between Seventh and Eighth Avenues will be widened from 30 to 57 ft. and the ceiling height increased from seven to 18 f. high.
And a new Moynihan Train Hall is expected to double the floor space of the Penn Station’s concourse and provide new facilities for LIRR and Amtrak passengers. All the improvements are part of the major Moynihan Train Hall renovation that is expected to be largely completed by 2020.
The LIRR improvements are slated for 2022 completion when the East Side Access and Penn Station Metro-North Access projects will come online.
Skanska is leading the engineering and re-construction of the $1.6 billion James. A Farley Post Office Building that will become the new train hall. The redevelopment is a joint venture between Related, Vornado and Skanska USA.
The company reported “significant progress” on the massive project. “The grand Train Hall, along with the new entrance announced today, will make traveling to and from Penn Station easier, safer, and more pleasant for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each day and for generations to come,” said John Sullivan, vice president of Skanska USA.