MTA Posts Renderings of Envisioned Options for Penn Station Reconstruction

New re-construction options unveiled by Governor Cuomo have been posted on the Metropolitan Transportation Agency’s (MTA) website, offering proposed visions for the project intended to transform “Penn Station into a world-class, 21st century transportation hub as part to the proposed Empire Station Complex.” The MTA, in collaboration with Amtrak and NJ Transit will establish a “framework that would unify the separate railroads’ concourses into one state-of-the-art open, light-filled space,” and after a yearlong re-envisioning process unveiled renderings offering two-level and single-level alternatives. Both options allow for an increase in concourse space to reduce congestion and handle future growth; a unification of station operations such as ticketing, waiting area, and cleaning services for all railroads; the addition of more stairs, escalators, and elevators to spread riders along the narrow platforms; full accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and new retail opportunities.