Penn Station expansion plan would create new tracks, terminal

In the future, Penn Station—cramped, claustrophobic, and generally an unpleasant place to commute through—could be at the center of a new transit-oriented district encompassing the current complex, the in-the-works Moynihan Train Hall, and a new terminal just south of the station.

Or at least, that’s the plan for the area as outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a speech at the Association for a Better New York.

If the plan sounds familiar, that’s because it is: Cuomo has used the name Empire Station Complex previously to describe the area around Penn Station, and some of the proposals outlined have been in the works for years. Meanwhile, the Regional Plan Association, a civic think tank, recommended this exact course of action in its Fourth Plan for the tri-state region, although its proposal also called for moving Madison Square Garden entirely to a new location.

“We are pleased to see a comprehensive plan that encompasses not only the Station itself, but also the district surrounding it,” Tom Wright, the RPA’s president and CEO, 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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