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 across 8th Avenue into 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 Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) and long distance travelers, including accessibility for passengers with disabilities, all within a grand Train Hall featuring a sky lit atrium approximately the size of the Grand Central Terminal’s Main Hall. In concert with the forthcoming renovation of Penn Station, to better serve commuter rail passengers and Amtrak’s intercity passenger arrivals, expansion of Amtrak’s passenger services into the new Moynihan Station will relieve existing station crowding and improve passenger comfort and security.
Moynihan Station is being constructed in two phases. Phase I, now complete, created the “West End Concourse”. The new concourse provides new stairs and elevators to boarding platforms, passenger circulation space and a new entrance across 8th Avenue from Penn Station.
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 ClubAcela Lounge, a new reserved customer waiting room, casual waiting space with high top tables and retail and food shops. Expansion of the train shed’s emergency ventilation system will also be completed. The Moynihan Train Hall is expected to be fully completed in 2021.
- New vertical access points to train platforms
- Increased passenger circulation
- Improvements to life safety
- Expanded ADA compliance
- Moynihan Station Development Corporation
- Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration