March 9th, 2009
Archive for 'Moynihan Station'
March 9th, 2009
Dear Governor Paterson:
We are writing to encourage you to act quickly and decisively on Senator Charles Schumer’s call to jump-start Moynihan Station by publicly announcing your full support for the project.
Your support is necessary for Moynihan Station to receive some of the federal funds available for rail projects thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. If the $100 million that Senator Schumer requested from Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration is not spent on Moynihan, it will likely go to out-of-state projects.
Moynihan Station is one of the most critical civic and infrastructure projects planned for New York City this decade. It will be one of the main catalysts for economic growth in Manhattan and the region as the economy recovers. It will also allow for the construction of High-Speed Rail service on the Empire Line, which will help to revitalize upstate New York.
We ask you to announce your full support for the project by inviting the Port Authority to act as a co-lead agency with the Empire State Development Corporation.
The Friends of Moynihan Station look forward to working with you and your administration to make Moynihan Station a reality.
Friends of Moynihan Station
March 2nd, 2009
March 2nd, 2009
“The Municipal Art Society wholeheartedly supports Senator Schumer’s plan to achieve a new Moynihan Station. By dedicating federal stimulus funds to this project we can create near-term jobs while enhancing our mass transit system for the long term. Federal funding also enables us to protect the public’s interest in this project, creating a grand work of civic architecture that that stands as an inspiring gateway to New York City. This project has a real functional purpose; it will increase capacity and improve the experience for the nearly 500,000 people who move through Penn Station every day. President Obama has made improving our nation’s public transportation infrastructure a high priority. In that light, Moynihan Station should be seen as a first step in enhancing rail lines and service on the Northeast Corridor.”
March 2nd, 2009
Bagli wrote: “Senator Charles E. Schumer is calling for the injection of $100 million in federal stimulus funds to convert the post office building, expand the city’s transportation infrastructure and employ thousands of workers. Mr. Schumer also renewed his call for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to take charge of the project and asked them to invest $1 billion.”The $100 million would not be from the State and City’s stimulus money (read here for more information ), but rather from the $8 billion set aside for high-speed rail service and $1.3 billion set aside for Amtrak. Schumer called for Amtrak to be more actively involved in the project and suggested they should be the tenant in the new station. They could offset operating costs through revenue from new retail in the station (may we suggest that Grand Central be the model). In addition to the Port Authority taking over the project, Schumer called on them to contribute at least $1 billion to the project. PA Executive Director Chris Ward responded:
“The senator’s effort to get Moynihan started is consistent with the port’s goal of developing a financially viable project,” said Christopher O. Ward, executive director of the authority. “The key is to work with Amtrak on an important transportation project for the entire region. Finding the necessary funding is our No. 1 priority.”Schumer injected a note of urgency in getting started. “This is just what was envisioned by the stimulus: shovel-ready projects that generate a lot of jobs,” Mr. Schumer said. We couldn’t agree more. Read “Schumer Seeks Federal Stimulus Funds to Jump-Start Moynihan Transit Project,” by Charles Bagli in The New York Times
February 19th, 2009
September 29th, 2008
No site in New York has a darker past than this one. The demolition of the old Pennsylvania Station, the monumental McKim, Mead & White Beaux-Arts gem that stood on this site until 1964, remains one of the greatest crimes in American architectural history. What replaced it is one of the city’s most dehumanizing spaces: a warren of cramped corridors and waiting areas buried under the monstrous drum of the Garden. Over the years the city has entertained dozens of proposals to improve the station, but none have amounted to much of anything, thanks to New York’s byzantine development politics. I propose we demolish the Garden. As arenas go, it is cramped and decrepit. And with it gone we could begin to imagine what a contemporary version of the old Penn Station: a monumental gateway to the 21st-century metropolis.Well said! See that blue “WAMU Theater” sign in the photo? It won’t be there for long. According to the Times, since the Feds seized WAMU, the theater is going to have to change its name. Read Name Change Is Likely for WaMu Theater by Richard Sandomir in The New York Times. Read New York City, Tear Down These Walls by Nicolai Ouroussoff in The New York Times. Photo: by R. Conrad/The New York Times
September 17th, 2008
Read Ravitch Commission Faces Difficult Task of Shoring Up MTA’s Future by Ben Fried on Streetsblog.
- Responsibility for adequately funding the MTA should fall on those who benefit from its services.
- The MTA needs more consistent and reliable revenue streams.
- The city and state have been derelict in their contributions to the MTA, and debt financing has gone too far.
- It is reasonable, even desirable, to institute regular and predictable fare increases, but straphangers are currently shouldering too much of the burden.
- The MTA must become more efficient and financially transparent.
September 17th, 2008
Consistent with the project’s history, the pledge represents another turn in the project’s direction under new leadership. In prior permutations, the focus has been on revenue for the Post Office; an expansion of the train hall; a medium-size real estate transaction; and a mega-land-swap and an economic development project of gigantic proportions. The most recent plan, which was pushed by the Spitzer administration and which unraveled in March, involved moving Madison Square Garden to the Farley building and thereby unleashing $14 billion in public and private development. Now, the Paterson administration seems to be focusing on rail capacity; the platforms and tracks under Penn Station have room for no more trains at peak hours, given the way they are currently used, and the prior plans involved a much-needed expansion of pedestrian and waiting space, but did not address this issue.Read Paterson Takes His Turn on Moynihan by Eliot Brown of the New York Observer. Read David Paterson: Port Authority should get ticket for new Penn Station by Douglas Feiden of the Daily News. Read Paterson Wants Port Authority to Pick Up Moynihan Project by William Neuman of the New York Times.
September 15th, 2008
September 12th, 2008
1. Ensuring that the Moynihan Station project increases transportation capacity by physically expanding the number of tracks and platforms and instituting operational changes by Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak. Paterson announced that he was asking the leadership of the three railroads to report to himself and Governor Corzine on how they planned to work together. 2. Coordinating the development of Moynihan Station in tandem with other major development projects including New Jersey’s Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) which is the first crossing under the Hudson in 50 years; The Governor made it clear that it would be a formidable challenge to ensure that the project will be coordinated with major infrastructure projects like ARC and unifying the three transit systems of Amtrak, Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit. “This is why we want the Port Authority to take over the leadership in terms of constructing Moynihan Station, and what we are really saying is that with such major development occurring, there has to be coordination,” the governor said. 3. Taking necessary steps to ensure that the project also helps to revitalize the surrounding community. While the Governor acknowledged the importance of making Moynihan Station a Gateway to New York city and catalyst for development on the Far West Side, he said first and foremost this is a transportation project.“Increasing our transportation capacity is an important step, but it is only a one step. We must ensure that we carefully coordinate the improved capacity with other major development and infrastructure projects, which is why today, I called on my Deputy Secretary for Economic Development, and Infrastructure to convene all of the project’s partners from both the public and private sectors to discuss the challenges they face,” Governor Paterson continued. “Deputy Secretary Gilchrist will report back to me with an assessment of these challenges and potential solutions.” “By any measure the 20th century was the New York Century. We entered it as a burgeoning metropolis and we left it as the greatest and most powerful city in the world. We can make the 21st century the New York Century as well, but only if we invest wisely in our infrastructure,” added Governor Paterson. Read Governor Paterson’s press release. Read Paterson Invokes New Deal in Calling for Fresh Moynihan Plan by Eliot Brown in The New York Observer. Read Paterson Gives Moynihan Another Shot by Matthew Schuerman of WNYC. Read Paterson appoints aide to look into Moynihan by Theresa Agovino of Crain’s New York.
September 12th, 2008