by Rockingham Racer
Moderators: GirlOnTheTrain, nomis, FL9AC, Jeff Smith
A long-awaited plan to build addition south of Penn Station New York, adding more tracks and platforms, will form a mega-station complex in mid-Manhattan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
Cuomo, speaking at the Association for a Better New York event in Manhattan, announced the sweeping plan to change Penn Station’s reputation from one of “Dante’s levels of hell” under his Empire Station District plan. It builds on opening a new train hall at the Moynihan Station across the street, which will accommodate Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road passengers.
"No little fix works. We analyzed it and the best alternative is to acquire the block south of Penn Station and add eight tracks,” Cuomo said. “Penn can’t even handle our planned growth. It would address that.”
“Empire State Development will work with Amtrak and the MTA and stakeholders,” Cuomo said. "It will work with NJ Transit and community boards to develop a plan.”
Jeff Smith wrote: ↑Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:16 am How would the track connections to LIRR work? I'm pretty sure those tracks as envisioned were stub tracks for incoming trains from NJT and Amtrak.That's what I was thinking. In the original plans for Penn South, these new platforms were connected to new tracks from ARC. You would have to branch out from 10th Ave to make. The approach proper to/from NJ. And if it were to have access to Long Island?? Going to be interesting to see
Jeff Smith wrote: ↑Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:16 am How would the track connections to LIRR work? I'm pretty sure those tracks as envisioned were stub tracks for incoming trains from NJT and Amtrak.I'm guessing the purpose of "Penn South" is to get NJT trains off of the through tracks clearing up space for Metro North New Haven line and Hudson Line trains into Penn station. This would also increase space for more frequent NYC to Albany service.