‘Master Builder’ Cuomo Pitches Old Proposal For New ‘Penn Station South’

The governor is pulling an old rabbit out of his hat.

New York’s master builder governor on Monday pitched a tweaked version of an old plan to expand Penn Station’s train capacity by acquiring a full city block between 30th and 31st streets and Seventh and Eighth avenues and building eight tracks below the expanded station south of Madison Square Garden.

The proposal would bring the total number of train tracks at Penn Station to 29. The expansion would serve 175,000 commuters per day, the governor said.

The plan doesn’t go as far as advocates wanted a decade ago, when the Regional Plan Association, for example, suggested that the Penn South tunnels be extended to the Sunnyside rail yard in Queens so that service could run through Manhattan instead of terminating at it. Still, on Monday, the RPA endorsed the Cuomo proposal, calling it “a great step for the future prosperity of the entire metropolitan region.”

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