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.
Confirmed SpeakerJanet Campbell-Lorenc, AICP, serves as Senior Director in Amtrak’s Infrastructure and Investment Development Department. She leads strategic investment planning for the Northeast Corridor and other Amtrak-owned infrastructure and provides direction for major infrastructure and service development programs nationwide. She is responsible for activities to improve assets, develop railroad infrastructure, implement the high speed investment program, improve the functioning of major terminals, oversee service development initiatives, develop climate change and resiliency strategies and execute Amtrak’s upcoming expansion to Moynihan Station in New York City. Ms. Campbell-Lorenc has extensive experience in the planning & development and railroad industries. One of her previous projects won the Amtrak President's Project Excellence award for exceptional performance and achieving extraordinary results. Her previous positions include Vice President, Planning and Development for SYSTRA Consulting and Director, Service Development for New Jersey Transit. She has a Master’s degree in Planning and is AICP certified.
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Confirmed SpeakerMichael J. Evans Since 2013, Michael has been President of the Moynihan Station Development Corporation. As a special purpose project-delivery subsidiary of New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation, MSDC oversees the westward expansion of Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station into the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building. The project will create a new train hall for Amtrak and Long Island Railroad within the vast mail sorting room of the McKim, Mead & White designed Beaux-Arts masterpiece on 8th Avenue. Surrounding the train hall will be a vibrant mixed-use development with retail and commercial office uses. The Moynihan Station project is one of the largest public-private partnerships in the country and a model for innovative project delivery and financing. Before heading the project, Michael served as Deputy Director for two years. Previously, Michael served as Chief of Staff for New York State Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch. Michael began government service as a policy specialist focused on infrastructure, urban planning and economic development for Governors David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer of New York. In this role, Michael staffed state commissions on long-term funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and congestion pricing in New York City.