Empire Station Complex

Project Overview

In January 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the “Empire Station Complex” among his State of the State initiatives, establishing the blueprint for an integrated public transportation complex that would revitalize New York’s Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station) area and give New York City the world-class intercity transportation hub it deserves. The first step in realizing this vision is the soon-to-be-completed Moynihan Train Hall, which will breathe new life into historic Farley Post Office, transforming it into an iconic, state-of-the-art infrastructure gateway for the Long Island Railroad and Amtrak. The other components of the Governor’s vision are a reimagined and expanded Penn Station, currently being planned by the MTA in conjunction with Amtrak and NJ Transit, to increase platform capacity by approximately 40 percent.

The relocation of Amtrak’s operations to Moynihan provides the opportunity to overhaul Penn Station, including opening up its confined concourses and creating bold new entrances, inviting in natural light, improving retail and other user amenities, increasing safety and security, consolidating support functions, rationalizing pedestrian flows, and making it easier for passengers to navigate within the station as well as connect to their destinations beyond. The railroads are also undertaking planning for the southward expansion of Penn Station into Block 780 and parts of Blocks 754 and 806, to accommodate up to nine additional tracks and five new platforms.  Both the renovation and expansion of Penn Station are essential infrastructure projects for the future of New York, long talked about but finally achievable under the leadership of Governor Cuomo.

The Proposed Project is critical to fulfilling the Governor’s goal of achieving a seamlessly integrated intercity rail hub comprising existing Penn Station, Moynihan Train Hall, and the Penn Station expansion.  The Proposed Project aims to catalyze transit-oriented development that would generate much-needed revenue to fund this major renovation and expansion of Penn Station, implement other public transportation and public realm improvements within and around Penn Station, and revitalize the business district surrounding the station.

Project Information

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Scoping Notice and Draft Scope

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July 20th Virtual Scoping Presentation

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Public Scoping Hearing Recording

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Transcript from July 20th Public Scoping

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Empire Station Complex Community Advisory Committee

Hon. Gale Brewer, President, Borough of Manhattan
Hon. Richard Gottfried, Assemblyman, New York State Assembly
Hon. Brad Hoylman, State Senator, New York State Senate
Hon. Robert Jackson, State Senator, New York State Senate
Hon. Corey Johnson, Speaker, New York City Council 
Hon. Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives
Hon. Jerry Nadler, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Dan Biederman, President, 34th Street Partnership
Alfred C. Cerullo, III, President & CEO, Grand Central Partnership
Elizabeth Goldstein, President, The Municipal Art Society of New York

Danny Harris, Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives
Wendy Hilliard, Former President, Women’s Sports Foundation
​Hope Knight, President & CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Gary LaBarbera, President, Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
Jeffrey LeFrancois, First Vice Chair, Community Board 4 (Manhattan)
Wally Rubin, District Manager, Community Board 5 (Manhattan)
Nick Sifuentes, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Jessica Walker, President & CEO, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Tom Wright, President & CEO, Regional Plan Association
Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City

Contact Information

To contact the Empire Station Complex project team, call (212) 803-2477 or email [email protected]