Cuomo backs plan to acquire block south of Penn Station to increase track capacity

New York state would acquire the block south of Penn Station to create a new terminal and increase track capacity at the transit hub under a preexisting plan backed by Gov. Cuomo on Monday.

The state would try to purchase the properties between 30th and 31st Sts. and Seventh and Eighth Aves. to allow for the expansion of Penn Station’s underground infrastructure, according to Cuomo’s office, and use eminent domain as a last resort.

“We are pleased to see a comprehensive plan that encompasses not only the Station itself, but also the district surrounding it,” Regional Plan Association president and CEO Tom Wright said in a statement. “Adding transit capacity and prioritizing safety is critical to the success of the region and for the hundreds of thousands of people that rely on the Station regularly.”

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