Can Penn Station Handle 175,000 More Riders? Cuomo Thinks So

Pennsylvania Station, the busiest rail station in the Western Hemisphere, would add eight tracks to its 21-track layout under an ambitious plan outlined on Monday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The new tracks would allow Penn Station to accommodate an additional 175,000 riders to the 650,000 daily travelers who flow through the station now, Mr. Cuomo said during a speech to a business group.

“Today’s announcement is a great step for the future prosperity of the entire metropolitan region,” Tom Wright, the president of the Regional Plan Association, an urban policy group, said in a statement. “We are pleased to see a comprehensive plan that encompasses not only the station itself, but also the district surrounding it.”

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