At announcement June 9 in New York City, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the next step in transforming Penn Station.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, in partnership with Amtrak and NJ Transit, has requested proposals from architecture and engineering firms to guide the Penn Station Reconstruction effort that was outlined in the Penn Station Master Plan study announced last fall.
The plan calls for transforming Penn Station into a modern, spacious, light-filled facility featuring a massive single-level concourse with high ceilings, greater connectivity to platforms, larger entrances and intuitive travel paths. The future expansion would also add track and platform capacity and be fully integrated with a reconstructed Penn Station.
“As the centerpiece of one of the most important transportation networks in the world, Penn Station requires an atmosphere and appearance that reflect its tremendous importance to the region,” said Murphy. “For several decades Penn Station has not provided New Jersey commuters and visitors with the comfort and convenience they deserve.”
“The transformation of Penn Station into a world-class, commuter-focused transportation facility befitting the central hub of the greatest city in the world cannot come soon enough,” said Hochul. “We have shared a vision of a single-level unified station with soaring ceilings that welcome natural light, clear, intuitive sightlines, more circulation space and more connectivity to streets and platforms. With this announcement, the MTA is taking a concrete step toward making that vision a reality.”
Currently, Penn Station serves more passengers than LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark airports combined. The reconstruction project is expected to cost between $6 billion and $7 billion dollars and estimated to take five to six years to complete once construction starts.
A Public Realm Task Force, comprised of involved agencies, elected officials, community boards, civic organizations and other stakeholders, has been created and charged with developing a Public Realm Concept Plan.
“This request for proposals represents an important first step by NJ Transit and our partners at the MTA and Amtrak to deliver the world-class experience our Penn Station customers deserve,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett. “Penn Station serves as a vital hub for the millions of NJ Transit customers who commute to and from New York annually. I look forward to working with our partners on a design that ultimately transforms and expands the station into an open, welcoming and modern facility that meets the needs of today and accommodates the demands of tomorrow.”
“Now, as a result of the partnerships across agencies and state lines, we are prepared to take the next step toward the long-awaited transformation of this pivotal transportation hub,” said Murphy.