Pennsylvania Station Area Civic and Land Use Improvement Project

(formerly known as Empire Station Complex Civic and Land Use Improvement Project)

Project Overview

Governor Hochul has unveiled her vision for a new commuter-first world-class Penn Station and revitalized surrounding neighborhood that reflects the community's needs and focuses on public transit and public realm improvements. The plan prioritizes the reconstruction of the existing station while the station expansion and the Gateway Project initiatives, both of which the Governor strongly supports, continue on their federally-established timelines. Governor Hochul's new plan thus allows the expedited reconstruction of the existing Penn Station, 60% of whose users are subway and LIRR riders.

The new neighborhood plan comes after several months of collaboration and more than 100 meetings with community stakeholders, government agencies, and elected officials to improve on past plans and establish a new way forward. The plan announced by Governor Hochul will also be subject to further public review and is part of a larger public process that remains ongoing.

The first step in realizing this vision is the recently opened Moynihan Train Hall, which breathes 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 Pennsylvania Station Area plan includes plans for 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 expansion of Penn Station to potentially accommodate additional tracks and new platforms. Both the renovation and expansion of Penn Station are essential infrastructure projects for the future of New York.

The Proposed Project is critical to making Penn Station a seamlessly integrated intercity rail hub. 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.

PUBLIC HEARING DATE – DECEMBER 8, 2021

Project Information


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Pennsylvania Station Civic and Land Use Project 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 Pennsylvania Station Civic and Land Use Project team, call (212) 803-2477 or email [email protected]