Penn Station is the primary transit hub in West Midtown, yet it is critically unprepared to handle any new growth in travel demand.
Built to accommodate 200,000 passengers per day, Penn Station is now handling nearly 600,000, making the station overcrowded and increasingly unsafe.
West Midtown is seeing dramatic changes that will only increase demands on Penn Station. Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history with tens of millions of square feet of development, is under construction right next to the station, bringing hundreds of thousands of new residents, workers and visitors to the area.
The opening of the 7 train extension at 34th Street and 11th Avenue and the completion of the first phase of Moynihan Station will help serve this growing district, but those alone are insufficient to absorb the coming increases in travel demand to and from West Midtown.
The severe limitations of Penn Station inhibit the growth of regional rail, while stifling growth and limiting economic opportunity in West Midtown and across the city.