Adding yet another costly wrinkle to the decades-in-the-making plan to remake Penn Station, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday laid out a rough blueprint to expand the overburdened station's capacity by acquiring an entire Manhattan block to build eight new tracks and accommodate an additional 175,000 daily riders.
"Overhauling and unifying the Penn Station complex was a key recommendation in our Fourth Regional Plan and today’s announcement is a great step for the future prosperity of the entire metropolitan region," said Tom Wright, president and CEO of Regional Plan Association. "We are pleased to see a comprehensive plan that encompasses not only the Station itself, but also the district surrounding it. 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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