Moynihan Train Hall opens at Penn Station
AmNews Staff Reports | 1/7/2021, midnight
Moynihan Train Hall recently opened on New Year’s Eve expanding Penn Station in Midtown. The 255,000-square-foot, $1.6 billion project transformed the more than 100-year-old James A. Farley Building and increased the existing Penn Station rail complex’s concourse space by 50%.
All LIRR and Amtrak trains are now served by the 17 tracks accessible from the train hall, while providing a direct connection to 9th Avenue and the 8th Avenue Subway. For LIRR, the train hall enhances and expands passenger options by offering world-class facilities and the convenience of full customer services and direct platform access points from 7th Avenue all the way to 9th Avenue. For Amtrak, the train hall becomes its new home in New York City—relocating and replacing all primary passenger operations from the existing station.
Moynihan Train Hall reshapes the travel experience of the busiest passenger transportation facility in the Western Hemisphere, used by more than 700,000 passengers per day. The main hall that once served as the Post Office’s mail sorting room showcases a 92-foot-high skylight that holds an acre of glass and is supported by three of the building’s original steel trusses with lattice framework.