Moynihan Train Hall: Construction Underway

Led by Empire State Development, New York’s economic development agency, in partnership with the MTA, Amtrak, and joint venture of The Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust, the Moynihan Train Hall project will transform the landmark James A. Farley Post Office Building into a 21st century transportation hub, with a new sky-lit train hall serving LIRR and Amtrak passengers, state-of-the-art wayfinding, information displays, and amenities to improve the visitor experience. The Moynihan Train Hall provides a much-needed expansion of the Penn Station complex across 8th Avenue by creating 50% more concourse space and new convenient access from the Farley Building to the existing train platforms that run below it.

The Farley Building was designed by McKim, Mead and White as a sister to their masterpiece - the original Pennsylvania Station. Five decades after the loss of the original structure, the Moynihan Train Hall will once again provide New Yorkers a grand entrance in a McKim, Mead and White architectural marvel. The project honors this heritage by exposing and restoring many of the building’s historic features, including the façade, windows, and columns. The Farley Building's train hall will bear the name of one of its great champions - the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

The Moynihan Train Hall will feature a new, spectacular 92-foot high skylight that will rest upon the building's original and architecturally-dramatic steel trusses. All LIRR and Amtrak trains will be served by the nine platforms and 17 tracks that will be accessible from the Train Hall, serviced by eleven escalators and seven elevators. The 255,000 square foot Train Hall will be larger than Grand Central Terminal’s main concourse, and will expand total concourse space at the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex by 50 percent. The Train Hall will provide a direct connection to the Eighth Avenue Subway and create direct access to the train station from 9th Avenue for the first time, bringing unparalleled regional transportation options within convenient reach of the booming Hudson Yards and Far West Side areas. 

The $1.6 billion project is being funded with $550 million from the State, $420 million from Amtrak, the MTA, the Port Authority and a federal grant, and $630 million from the joint venture developers. The new Train Hall is targeted for completion by the end of 2020.

View renderings of the New Moynihan Train Hall here.