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An Action Plan for Moynihan Station

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Today the New York Times reported that Senator Charles E. Schumer has a plan to jump start work on the Moynihan Station project, by using some federal stimulus money to build a train station in the Farley Post Office to be used by Amtrak.

According to the Times, Senator 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.”

MAS President Vin Cipolla today said, “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.

Senator Schumer made it clear that 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.

Vin Cipolla remarked that “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.”