Logan CrawfordApr 20, 2017, 5:35 pm

Construction underway to expand Penn Station

The $1.6B plan will connect Penn Station with the James A. Farley Post Office Building will increase floor space by 50%

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The hustle and bustle of Penn Station during the commuting hours can make the 700,000 people who use the hub feel frustrated and cramped.

Officials say that Penn Station in New York City is at capacity, with no more room for concourses, tracks or platforms, and demand is growing.

On Thursday, officials announced Phase 2 of the Moynihan State Development Project. A $1.6B plan will connect Penn Station with the James A. Farley Post Office Building, making more room by moving Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road to the Farley building.

Project President Michael Evans says that existing tracks already run under the Farley building, which were used to deliver mail.

“We are going to take 100-year-old infrastructure, a beautiful historic gem, and reuse it to solve a 21st century problem and create a 21st-century transportation facility,” Evans said.

Phase 1 of the project began in January, which includes new entrances, expanding an underground corridor, and improving ventilation.

Phase 2 received approval this month, and will including building the Moynihan Train Hall, increasing the floor space in Penn Station by 50%, creating 750,000 square feet of retail and office space, and more platforms for Penn Station.

Developers say they hope to have the new train hall open by 2020.

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