Statement from Eric Gertler, Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate, on Governor Cuomo's Empire Station Complex Plan

January 6, 2020

"Transportation drives economic development, and continuously modernizing our transit system is critical for New York to maintain its competitive edge. Nowhere is this more clear than at Penn Station, which is the Western Hemisphere's busiest -- yet arguably most outdated -- transportation hub. 

“It is no secret that New York outgrew Penn Station long ago, and Governor Cuomo has already advanced visionary projects to improve Penn Station that other leaders only talked about — like Moynihan Train Hall. Today, the Governor took those efforts a step further. This bold plan will expand the number of train tracks available at Penn Station for the first time ever, while further improving the passenger experience, enhancing commuter safety, and transforming the underutilized area around Penn Station into a 21st century business-transit district.

"When combined with the soon-to-be-complete Moynihan Train Hall, the rehabilitated and expanded Penn Station will create the interconnected, modern station complex that New Yorkers deserve. Without a doubt, this project will create jobs, boost our economy, and improve our transit system -- and it will soon join the new Kosciuszko Bridge, the re-imagined JFK and LaGuardia Airports, and the Second Avenue Subway as another example of Governor Cuomo’s success in building the new New York of the 21st century."

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