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Moynihan Train Hall

Project Status

Complete


Planning

Environmental Review

Design

Construction

Complete

Moynihan Train Hall

Amtrak, in partnership with Empire State Development (State of New York), is creating the future home of Amtrak’s New York City passenger operations within the new Moynihan Train Hall.

Exterior image of Moynihan Train Hall

January 2, 2021 - Moynihan Train Hall - 31 Street Exterior

January 2, 2021 - Moynihan Train Hall - Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge

January 2, 2021 - Moynihan Train Hall - Moynihan Train Hall Signs Plasma

The Moynihan Train Hall 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. The Moynihan Train Hall offers 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 Train Hall relieves existing station crowding and improve passenger comfort and security.

Moynihan Train Hall was constructed in two phases. Phase I, created the “West End Concourse”. The 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 complete, created Moynihan Train Hall, a world-class intercity and commuter passenger boarding concourse for Amtrak and MTA-Long Island Rail Road passengers. The facility provides relief to Penn Station’s crowded boarding conditions for Amtrak’s intercity passengers and MTA-Long Island Rail Road commuter rail passengers. Accommodations include a sunlit atrium boarding concourse, a combined ticketing and baggage unit, a new Metropolitan 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. Moynihan Train Hall opened January 1, 2021.

Benefits

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

Partners

  • Empire State Development (State of New York)
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Amtrak
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration