New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to move forward with a $1.6 billion overhaul of Penn Station, with design led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The redevelopment will transform the James A. Farley Building on 34th Street and Eighth Avenue into the Moynihan Train Hall. The project is slated for completion in 2020.
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“Fifty years after the loss of the original Penn Station structure, passengers will once again experience a world-class rail hub worthy of New York,” said Cuomo. “The Farley Building’s Moynihan Train Hall is two decades in the making, and we are proud that this project is finally a reality. With better access to trains and subways and state-of-the-art infrastructure, the Moynihan Train Hall seamlessly joins history, architectural design and function, bringing the nation’s busiest rail station into the 21st century.”
“The 255,000-square-foot Moynihan Train Hall is slated to feature 70,000 square feet of new commercial, retail, and dining venues. In addition to the introduction of a Ninth Avenue entrance, the train hall will also house nine platforms and 17 tracks, while a 92-foot-tall skylight will be installed above the hall’s iconic steel trusses. The transformation will expand Penn Station’s total floor space by more than 50 percent.”