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Amtrak Senior Planners Discuss Transformative Development Plans for Major Stations
Amtrak Senior Planners joined the American Planner’s Association (APA) National Conference in New York City this May to discuss how Amtrak, through new partnerships, is transforming its busiest rail stations into vibrant transit-oriented neighborhoods with modern rail facilities at the core.
At the panel discussion “Amtrak’s New Approach to Station Development,” Amtrak’s station planners introduced the Revenue Growth Initiative - Amtrak’s corporate program to leverage its national asset portfolio to generate new revenue that can be reinvested back into critical infrastructure improvements. The Revenue Growth Initiative has brought a new focus to the stations where Amtrak holds significant ownership rights including New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station, Baltimore Penn Station, Washington Union Station and Chicago Union Station.
Amtrak has advanced planning and development initiatives at each station. A Master Development Strategy is currently being used in New York, Baltimore and Chicago. In Philadelphia, Amtrak recently completed a master plan for 30th Street Station and the surrounding area including an overbuild development on the 88-acre rail yards north of the station and in Washington, work is progressing on a concourse modernization project—the first construction project borne out of its 2012 master plan.
APA members were also given the opportunity to learn more about Amtrak’s New York area improvement programs on a tour of New York Penn Station and Moynihan Station. Amtrak, in partnership with the New York Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) and its subsidiary Moynihan Station Development Corporation (MSDC), is creating the future home of Amtrak’s New York City passenger operations within the new Train Hall in Moynihan Station. Moynihan Station expands the nation’s busiest train station, Penn Station, New York directly across 8th Avenue within the historic James A. Farley Post Office Building, part of a mixed-use redevelopment of the entire block. Tour participants were also given an update on rail capacity goals of the Gateway Program.
To learn more about Amtrak's major station development projects and other opportunities across its asset portfolio download the Revenue Growth Initiative fact sheet.< Back