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Report Says Penn Station Rat Warren Extends to Sidewalks

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With so much focus on trains, tracks, and station design it can be easy to forget about the critical state of the pedestrian environment around Penn Station. This is a major mistake. According to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s “Penn for Peds” initiative up to 1,100 people use the Penn Station entrance at 32nd St. and Seventh Ave each minute during the average weekday rush hour. That’s about 18 people a second!

MAS believes the Moynihan Station project provides an opportunity to create a lively underground network in the Penn Station/Hudson Yards area similar to Rockefeller Center. At one time, Penn Station had its own network connecting to the Hotel Pennsylvania, Gimbels Department Store, the Farley Post Office, and other nearby buildings and subway stations. In fact, there was a weather-protected route from Bryant Park all the way to Penn Station. Re-opening and rehabilitating these tunnels will alleviate the horrific pedestrian congestion on the sidewalks around the Herald Square area and enhance the connections between Penn Station and the subways.