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More Good News: Amtrak and NYS Make Moynihan Agreement Official

amtrakYesterday, Governor Paterson issued a press releaseannouncing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Amtrak. That document secures the agreement that Amtrak will operate the new intercity passenger station in the Farley Post Office, named Moynihan Station. This announcement comes on the heels of the announcement that the Moynihan Station project was awarded an $83 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. With that award, Phase 1 of the project is fully funded and work can begin this year. Of the agreement, Governor Paterson said, “Finally, the State will be able to embark upon phase one of this project, which is good news for our construction workers, good news for the State and good news for the thousands of passengers that crowd Penn Station on a daily basis.” Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society, voiced strong support for the agreement. “Amtrak is the ideal tenant for the new Moynihan Station, which can be designed to support the needs of its intercity rail travelers. With roughly 25 percent of the nation’s Amtrak passengers passing through Penn Station at some point on their journey, the new station will provide the great gateway to New York City that was envisioned by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.”