By Paul Bisceglio
Renderings of the future Moynihan Station, Penn Station’s long delayed counterpart, were posted online yesterday in Amtrak’s latest update to its Vision for the Northeast Corridor, the WNYC’s Transportation Nation reported.
Plans to reduce crowding in Penn Station by opening an additional major station across 8th Avenue in the James Farley Post Office have been in the works since 1999, but the Moynihan Station Development Corporation only recently secured funding to begin Phase One of the station’s construction, which includes two new entrances through the Farley building into the Penn/ Moynihan Station complex, extension of the West End Concourse to serve eight additional tracks and new stairs, escalators and elevators.
Phase One construction will begin in October and, if things go according to plan, conclude in 2016. Phase Two aims to create the six-story, $500 million passenger terminal pictured in the new renderings. It appears that the terminal would be well lit and, contrary to an earlier proposal for a soaring glass ceiling, would retain the post office’s original roof. As of now, the second phase remains unfunded.
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