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Moynihan Moves Forward

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On December 13, AECOM, the global design, engineering and planning firm, announced that they received a $19 million contract by the Moynihan Station Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to complete the first phase of work to transform the Farley Post Office building into Moynihan Station – a new inter-city rail hub for New York City.

A recent article in Bloomberg News discusses the critical role that Moynihan Station will play in the expansion of the Northeast Corridor. Ridership on the Northeast Corridor has grown 30 percent from 2000 to 2011. According to Amtrak, however, the only way that additional passengers could be accommodated along the Northeast Corridor in the future is if the federal agency moves its operations in New York City from the currently overcrowded Penn Station across the street to Moynihan Station.

AECOM’s involvement in the Moynihan Station development project will result in the completion of Phase 1 by 2016. This will allow access to Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road trains through entrances at the Farley Post Office. These new access points will help to alleviate passenger congestion in Penn Station and reduce the queue times of trains coming in and out of New York City.

The specific work that is to be completed as part of Phase 1 includes:

  • The creation of nineteen access points from the Farley Post Office to the train tracks that lie beneath the building, including eight additional unused tracks.
  • Two new above-grade entrances through the Farley Post Office just west of 8th Avenue, at 31st and 33rd Streets.
  • Improved connections from the Farley Post Office to the 8th Avenue (A/C/E) Subway and Penn Station.

MAS has a long history of working with federal, state, city and civic partners to advocate for the creation of Moynihan Station. We are excited that AECOM was selected to commence the work for Phase 1, and we look forward to engaging all stakeholders in a dialogue on the future vision as the design of the central train hall moves forward.