by Jeff Smith
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/ ... 554373001/
NJ Transit is expected to be the primary operator at the proposed Empire Station complex that would add as many as nine new tracks by expanding train operations south of the current New York Penn Station.
"NJT will likely operate the largest number of trains and would carry the largest passenger volumes on the tracks and platforms comprising the proposed expansion of Penn Station," according to a final scoping document for the project released last week by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Empire State Development Corp., the state agency leading the planning effort.
This southward expansion is one piece of Cuomo's vision to reimagine the area around Penn Station, which has been over-capacity for decades, unfriendly to commuters and pedestrians and starved of long-range improvements.
Construction will take place in two phases, with the first estimated to finish in 2028 and the second in 2038.
The first expansion effort came to life last month when the refurbished Farley Post Office, now Moynihan Train Hall, opened across the street from Penn on Eighth Avenue. It is now the home to Amtrak and has entrances to some tracks used by LIRR trains, freeing up some waiting space at Penn Station for NJ Transit.