NYC's historic Penn Station gets new $1.6 bln hall

NEW YORK GOV. ANDREW CUOMO: “This is a work of art in a way we don’t build anymore. It’s almost too ambitious, it’s almost too beautiful, it’s almost too breathtaking to think that we could do this….”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday unveiled a new $1.6 billion train hall at New York City's Penn Station, significantly expanding North America's busiest train terminal amid a public transit crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The new 255,000 square-foot Moynihan Train hall - named for the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who championed the project - is housed in the iconic Farley Post Office building across Eighth Avenue from Penn Station, with its majestic 92-foot high glass skylight.

NEW YORK GOV. ANDREW CUOMO: “As dark as 2020 was, to me this hall brings the light – literally and figuratively.”

The construction of the new concourse had been talked about for decades before being set into motion by Cuomo in 2016.

The train hall, which officially opens January 1st, will serve passengers on Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road and is designed to provide more space for the notoriously congested transit hub, which served some 650,000 people daily before the pandemic.