Penn and Moynihan Stations: Transportation in Transition

You'll learn about:

  • The unique challenges of managing and improving urban railroad stations

  • How to leverage private investment and pool fragmented public resources

  • Techniques to improve aging infrastructure in a complex operating environment

Penn Station, New York, is the largest and busiest passenger rail station in the nation, hosting more than 430,000 daily passenger trips, 2,300 daily train movements, and crushing pedestrian loads. Since the construction in the 1960s of Madison Square Garden in place of the historic train hall, the station’s operations have been confined entirely below-grade in passenger concourses that today are inadequate for the large volumes that use the station on a daily basis.

Now the station is in transition, as multiple public and private proposals seek to correct its deficiencies for its users, expand rail capacity, and leverage private investment to improve retail and passenger amenities. In addition to proposed improvements focused on the underground station, explore how Penn Station can improve its relationship with the streets and sidewalks,strengthen local transit connections, and support the  growth of the rapidly developing commercial district on the Far West Side.

Gain an insider’s view of the nation’s largest and busiest train station and learn about its history and plans for its future during this mobile workshop. Visit the newly opened Moynihan Station Lower Concourse, the first phase of the Moynihan Station Project to convert the Farley Post Office into the Moynihan Train Hall. Explore the relationship between Penn Station and the larger neighborhood, including the rapidly developing commercial district on the Far West Side.