Moynihan Station Plans Get Green Light
September 14th, 2009, 4:32 pm
After a decade of starts and stops, there may be hope that New Yorker’s may finally get the train station they deserve. Today Senator Charles E. Schumer, Governor David A. Paterson and Amtrak president Joseph H. Boardman announced that an agreement has been made on the development of Moynihan Station. The plans announced today include moving many of Amtrak’s services to a new train hall built in the James A. Farley Post Office, across the street from Penn Station. While no design details were released, the proposed plans could realize the dream of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to have an dignified and elegant new entry into New York. While the plans for the new train hall have been on the boards for years, it’s very good news that Amtrak will be the station’s tenant. The train hall can be designed to serve the needs of long range travelers, whose needs are different than commuters. The number of Amtrak travelers is large, and expected to increase. Pennsylvania Station is the busiest rail station in North America, with roughly 25% of all of the nation’s Amtrak passengers passing through Penn Station at some point on their journey.
Governor David Paterson said today, “I am extremely pleased to announce that an understanding has been reached between New York State and Amtrak on the future of Moynihan Station. New York City is the lynchpin of Amtrak’s service network in the Northeastern United States, and I welcome this long-term partnership with Amtrak to preserve and enhance the role of rail in New York State and across the region. This project has been a top priority of my Administration, and today is an important step toward delivering on its promise.” Senator Charles E. Schumer said: “This is a critical step forward in the effort to get the Moynihan Station back on track and keep it that way until it’s done. Amtrak has truly stepped up the plate here to make a commitment to Senator Moynihan’s vision to transform the Farley Post office in to a world class gateway to New York City.” Amtrak CEO and President Joe Boardman said: “This mutual understanding developed between the parties will the help lead to the development of a world-class passenger station for Amtrak service in New York City and commits all of us to the long-range task of expanding rail and terminal capacity so that Amtrak and the regional commuter operators can collectively meet the growing needs for passenger train service in New York and throughout the Northeast. The building of Moynihan Station will provide the grand entrance that this great city deserves.”Coverage of the announcement : Read Amtrak Deal May Revive Moynihan Station in the New York Times. Read Moynihan Station Pact Reached, N.Y.’s Paterson Says , Bloomberg.com. Read Manhattan’s Moynihan Amtrak station gets go-ahead in the Newsday (note the undated Getty rendering of the station).