NEC Projects


Moynihan Station

Project Partners

  • Moynihan Station Development Corporation
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Amtrak
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration

Project Benefits

  • New vertical access points to train platforms
  • Increased passenger circulation
  • Improvements to life safety
  • Expanded ADA compliance

Project Status


Available Funding

$300 million

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. The imposing century-old Post Office Building was designed by the same architecture firm, McKim, Mead, and White, as the original, iconic Pennsylvania Station. Moynihan Station will offer enhanced passenger facilities for Northeast Corridor (NEC) and long distance travelers, accessibility for passengers with disabilities, all within a grand Train Hall featuring a sky lit atrium approximately the size of the Main Hall of Grand Central Terminal. In companion with the existing Penn Station -- which will be renovated to better serve commuters and intercity passenger arrivals -- expansion of passenger services into the new Moynihan Station will relieve existing station crowding and improve passenger comfort and security.

The work to create Moynihan Station is being constructed in two phases. Phase I, which is near completion, includes expansion and enhancement of the 33rd Street Connector between Penn Station and the Moynihan Lower (formerly West End) Concourse; the extension and widening of the Moynihan Lower Concourse to serve nine of Penn Station’s eleven platforms; new vertical access points and passenger circulation space; new entrances into the new Concourse at the 31st and 33rd Street corners of the Farley Building; and expansion of the train shed’s emergency platform ventilation system.

Phase II, now in early-stage construction, will create the Moynihan Train Hall, a world-class intercity and commuter passenger boarding concourse for Amtrak and MTA-Long Island Rail Road passengers. The facility will provide relief to Penn Station’s crowded boarding conditions for Amtrak’s intercity passengers and MTA-Long Island Rail Road commuter rail passengers. Accommodations will include a sunlit atrium boarding concourse, a combined ticketing and baggage unit, a new Metropolitan (formerly ClubAcela) Lounge, a new reserved customer waiting room, casual waiting space with high top tables and retail and food shops. At the completion of Phase II construction, the Moynihan Train Hall is expected to be complete by late 2020.