Modest Relief on Way for NJ Transit Commuters with ‘Refresh’ of Penn Station Waiting Area

New Jersey Transit and Amtrak are sprucing up a busy waiting area inside New York’s Penn Station as part of a broader push to address what can be a miserable experience for commuters who pass through the crowded rail hub.

The work comes as commuters are awaiting the expected opening later this year of a new train hall inside the Farley Post Office building on 8th Avenue adjacent to Penn Station, a development that is also designed to ease congestion — particularly for Amtrak and Long Island Railroad customers.

No price tag or timeline has been announced, but the proposed track expansion drew immediate praise from transportation advocates, including the Regional Plan Association, an influential public planning organization that often calls for improvements to mass transit.

“We are pleased to see a comprehensive plan that encompasses not only the station itself, but also the district surrounding it,” said Tom Wright, the association’s president and chief executive officer. “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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