Major Construction Begins on the New Grand Moynihan Train Hall

On Aug. 17, Governor Cuomo announced the start of major construction on the 255,000-square-foot Train Hall, which will become a world-class 21st century transit hub for Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak passengers.  The $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall project, part of a $2.5 billion transformation of the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex announced in January 2016, is set for completion by the end of 2020.

The Farley Building was designed by architects McKim, Mead and White as a sister to the original Pennsylvania Station, which was demolished in 1963. The new Train Hall will restore an architecturally grand entrance for passengers on Amtrak and the LIRR, which will served by nine platforms and 17 tracks that are accessible from the Train Hall. The hall will also provide direct access to the Eighth Avenue Subway and first-time direct access to the train station from Ninth Avenue.  And a spectacular, one-acre, 92-foot-high skylight will brighten commutes for thousands.

The Train Hall is named for one of its earliest champions, the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and the project is expected to create more than 12,000 construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs.

In addition to the Train Hall, the Farley Building will incorporate 700,000-square-feet of new commercial, retail and dining space.   Work has already begun on multiple new Penn-Farley Complex features including façade and courtyard restoration, escalator openings and installation of 100 tons of new steel.

The Penn-Farley Complex – which also includes redesign of the LIRR’s 33rd Street concourse at Penn Station and extensive subway station renovations—is part of the $100 billion investment in infrastructure across New York, helping to boost jobs and economic growth.