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The Friends of Moynihan Station is a coalition of leading civic organizations, business groups and elected officials, joined in advocating the construction of a grand new train hall in the Farley Post Office building to expand and improve Penn Station.
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Amtrak releases new renderings of Moynihan Station

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The West End Concourse is being significantly expanded. Image credit: Amtrak

As part of its Vision for the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak released new renderings of Moynihan Station. The first three images reflect the work that is currently being undertaken as part of Phase One. The last rendering depicts the future train hall, the final design and funding scheme of which have yet to be finalized. Nevertheless, these images together give a sense of Amtrak's vision for its future flagship station.

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Big news! A contract is awarded to build Phase One

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A rendering of the station's future entrance at 33rd Street and Eighth Avenue. Credit: MSDC

The Moynihan Station Development Corporation Board today approved the award of a $150 million contract to Skanska to build some of the key elements of Moynihan Station:
  • two new entrances into the Penn/Moynihan Station complex through the corners of the Farley building,
  • the extension of the West End Concourse to serve eight additional tracks,
  • the doubling of the width of the concourse, and
  • new stairs, escalators and elevators from the platforms up to the station to meet ADA requirements.
This work will help to alleviate some of the congestion in the station and at the platform level. It also constitutes a critical first step toward the larger goal of building a new train hall in the Farley Building for Amtrak.
Work on this phase is scheduled to begin in October and be completed by 2016.

More renderings after the jump.

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Moynihan Station development office to be folded into the Port Authority

PatFoye_NYObserver.jpgIn nominating Pat Foye to be Executive Director of the Port Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also called for consolidating the Moynihan Station Development Corporation - the state agency in charge of developing the new train station - into the Port Authority.

The Port Authority has been involved with Moynihan Station since early 2010, when Gov. Paterson charged it to manage the construction of the station hand in hand with MSDC.

A full transfer to the PA and the likely dissolution of MSDC makes sense as the project moves into a construction phase. (The PA has more experience managing construction than MSDC, most recently at the World Trade Center). A construction management team was recently hired, and construction bids from several prequalified bidders were solicited earlier this month. Bids are due back in early December, and work would begin in the late winter.

In addition to the PA's construction-management experience, the Authority might also be able to provide more funding to Moynihan Station than cash-strapped New York State.

Moynihan Station Phase One breaks ground

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From left to right: Moynihan Station Development Corporation President Timothy Gilchrist, Elizabeth Moynihan, Maura Moynihan, Governor David Paterson, US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

A wide range of New York and federal officials broke ground today on Phase One of the construction of Moynihan Station. Prior to the groundbreaking, Governor Paterson and Secretary LaHood signed a final grant agreement providing $83 million in Recovery Act funds to New York through the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Transportation Initiatives Generating Economic Recovery" (TIGER) program.

Construction of Phase One, which includes new entrances to Penn Station through the Farley building, a wider and longer West End Concourse, more escalators from the platforms and other infrastructure work, started this month and will be completed by 2016. The project is scheduled to take 6 years because work is restricted to nights and weekends.

Click through for reactions from the Friends of Moynihan Station, and new renderings of the project.

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Ceremonial groundbreaking at Farley on Monday October 18 - All welcome!

IMG_1349.JPGPlease join us at a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Moynihan Station Phase One project on Monday, October 18, at 10:30am 2pm on the steps of the Farley Building (rain location is the 31st Street Rotunda). Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood, Senator Charles Schumer and others will unveil new renderings and break ground on the project. It should be an exciting event - please stop by! For more information, contact the Governor's press office at (518) 474 8390.

Also, on the evening of October 18, there will be a symposium to launch the release of a new book entitled "Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary." Senator Charles Schumer will keynote. The event is at 5:30pm at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue. More information here.

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