Governor Cuomo Announces New Main Entrance to Penn Station and Expansion of LIRR Concourse

New Main Entrance with Direct Access to LIRR Corridor from Street Level Will Enhance Safety and Security for Customers

September 6, 2018

LIRR Concourse to Double in Size, Improving Passenger Flow and Reducing Crowding

Major Milestones in Moynihan Train Hall Construction; First Moynihan Train Hall Skylight Steel Installation Completed; Project is On-Time and On-Budget

Renderings of Final Design Options of the New Entrance, Wider Concourse and Images of the Completed Skylight Work Are Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Penn Station will now feature a new entrance at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue providing direct access to the Long Island Rail Road Main Concourse and the New York City Subway. The announcement also included the expansion of the Long Island Rail Road corridor at Penn Station to improve safety, security and passenger flow, as well as significant milestones in the on-time, on-budget construction of the Moynihan Train Hall. In addition, the Long Island Rail Road Main Concourse between 7th and 8th Avenues will be roughly doubled in size and the ceiling will be raised by up to 11 feet. The improvements are part of the Governor's overarching vision to completely remake this transportation hub located at the heart of the New York's regional rail network.

"For years there has been talk about transforming Penn Station, but no action, forcing New York's commuters and visitors to endure congested and potentially unsafe conditions for far too long," Governor Cuomo said. "The projects currently underway, including a new, state-of-the-art entrance, will not only turn Penn Station into a world-class transit hub, but they will ease the flow for riders and improve the overall passenger experience for all who pass through."

At the centerpiece of this transformation - Moynihan Train Hall - the structure for the midblock skylight is now complete. The Train Hall is slated for substantial completion by the end of 2020, and the Long Island Rail Road improvements will open in 2022 - when East Side Access and the Penn Station Metro-North Access projects are expected to come online.

Read the full press release here.