Date: Nov 19, 2004
Press Release Number: 143-2004
Connection Will Allow Commuters Access to All Platforms in Rail Complex
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today agreed to provide critical funding for plans to connect all of New York Penn Station’s busy train platforms with the future Moynihan Station, assuring more convenient access for daily commuters and for passengers traveling to and from the region’s largest airports.
The Board approved $10 million for use by the Moynihan Station Development Corporation toward design and construction of an extension to the West End Concourse at New York Penn Station, providing a link between the existing station and the future Moynihan Station. The existing concourse – located on the Eighth Avenue side of Penn Station – is now used by Long Island Rail Road customers. The proposed extension would link the concourse with platforms now used by NJ Transit and Amtrak customers.
This extension complements plans by NJ Transit to extend this concourse to Penn Station’s two southernmost platforms, which is supported with design funds approved by the Port Authority Board in September 2004. The project will relieve rush-hour crowding on platforms serving commuters from New Jersey and from New York’s Orange and Rockland counties. When both extensions are complete, the full-length West End Concourse will provide access from the future Moynihan Station to all platforms and tracks at Penn Station as well as a more direct link to Eighth Avenue and subway connections.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Today’s Board action, along with our previous commitment to the Access to the Region’s Core project, reinforces the Port Authority’s dedication to the visionary endeavors that will keep our region moving and our economy growing. ARC will dramatically expand rail capacity to ensure that the region maximizes the full benefits of cross-Hudson mobility, while the improvements to Moynihan Station will establish the infrastructure necessary to accommodate this increased influx of commuters. These investments by the Port Authority will answer the overarching need to transport people in and around our region efficiently and reliably.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “This funding is critical as we work to create the new Moynihan Station, which will relieve overcrowding at the existing New York Penn Station, now used by more than half a million passengers each weekday. By making key investments in our rail infrastructure now, we will be ready for the future.”
Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler said, “These improvements complement the Port Authority’s mission of promoting efficient regional mobility by keeping up a steady pace of improvements to meet growing travel demand. These funds promise better service at New York’s Penn Station in the near term, while preparing the station complex to accommodate long-term growth in passenger rail ridership.”
The money provided by the Port Authority for the West End Concourse extension will support design and construction of the improvement as part of the overall Moynihan Station project. Construction of the extension is scheduled to begin in mid-2005 and take approximately 2½ years to complete.
The future Moynihan Station will be located in the Farley Post Office Building on Eighth Avenue. It is designed to relieve current rush-hour congestion in Penn Station, especially during the morning rush hour. The future station also will serve passengers connecting to and from AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark and will improve access between Penn Station’s platforms and West Midtown.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.