Governor Hochul Announces Work to Redesign Penn Station Anticipated to Begin in the Coming Months

Governor Kathy Hochul these days introduced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, in partnership with NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak, approved a deal for the redesign of Penn Station to a joint enterprise led by FXCollaborative Architects LLP and WSP United states Inc., with the acclaimed British architect John McAslan + Associates as collaborating architect. McAslan + Companions made the 2012 transformation of London’s historic King’s Cross Station, producing a 165-garden-extensive semi-round departures concourse that integrates regional and intercity railroads with each other and with the London Underground whilst welcoming pure mild from the sky through 1,000 glazed and translucent triangular roof panels.

“Considering the fact that crews took a wrecking ball to the unique Penn Station in 1963, generations of New Yorkers have been united in their phone to develop a new station worthy of New York,” Governor Hochul claimed. “By approving the contract for the redesign of Penn Station, we transfer one more stage nearer to getting it performed. The transformation of Penn can’t arrive quickly sufficient, and we glance forward to building a environment-class station that puts New Yorkers to start with, provides a rider-focused transit encounter, and a excellent community they have earned.”  

The FXCollaborative and WSP joint enterprise developed the Penn Station Grasp Program unveiled previous calendar year that evaluated options and designed the most popular redesign plan for Penn Station as a one-amount facility centered all-around a grand practice hall with a 450-foot extended sky-lit atrium in between Madison Square Back garden and 2 Penn Plaza. The style known as for by the MTA’s contract will advance that desired choice and will:  

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  • Relieve overcrowding and boost passenger flow and orientation  
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  • Strengthen safety by escalating system and station egress and accessibility  
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  • Reduce the cramped, disjointed circulation areas with widened concourses and high ceilings  
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  • Create a apparent street presence that integrates with the surroundings  
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  • Improve retail and other revenue generation  
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  • Combine Penn Station with Moynihan Practice Hall and the prepared Penn Station Expansion  
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Janno Lieber, MTA Chair and CEO claimed, “Awarding the style contract is a enormous action ahead in Governor Hochul’s work to make Penn Station – as soon as once more! – a safe, earth-class transit facility. The get the job done will just take spot on an intense timetable. The opening of Grand Central Madison in just a couple months presents us with a at the time-a-century prospect to rebuild Penn Station. With a sizeable proportion of LIRR riders anticipated to shift their journeys to Grand Central Madison, Penn Station will have five a long time with lessen client volumes just before a new influx of prospects arrives on Metro-North Railroad by 2027. The MTA needs to get most disruptive the do the job accomplished in advance of then, so I am thrilled we are moving forward promptly with the style and design stage of this substantial, extensive-delayed energy.”  

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight claimed, “The long overdue revitalization of Penn Station will be a forceful catalyst for new investments and improvement inside the group all around it, benefitting citizens, commuters, and visitors. As the nation’s busiest transit hub, our region’s economic potential relies on Penn, and selecting a staff to redesign the station is a further significant milestone towards attaining Governor Hochul’s vision for strengthening both equally Penn and the community realm that surrounds it.”   

Jamie Torres-Springer, President of MTA Construction & Progress, claimed, “We are psyched to suggest a workforce that has a track file of developing jobs that realize world-class layout excellence while bettering protection and becoming constructible, our singular focus as we request to eventually give Penn Station’s 600,000 daily riders the station they have earned.”  

Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia claimed, “This step provides Amtrak travellers, New York and New Jersey commuters, and regional inhabitants nearer to a new Penn Station for the 21st Century. Creating upon the ongoing advancements already underway at Penn, this style and design exertion will assist the a few railroads establish a common, real looking, and achievable plan for reconstructing Penn Station although making sure ongoing train functions and entire coordination with the Gateway System investments. We thank Governors Hochul and Murphy for their management and partnership and look ahead to even more collaboration as we rework New York Penn Station into a earth-class, point out-of-the-art train station.” 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams reported, “The time to correct Penn Station is now, and this is an critical move in the appropriate path. New York City warrants a 21st-century transit hub as wonderful as the city, and we are having edge of a when-in-a-technology possibility to reconstruct Penn Station and revitalize the neighborhood. Our administration will carry on working carefully with our condition associates to ‘Get Things Finished.'”

The recommendation for the style and design joint enterprise follows an open, aggressive request-for-proposals method that was greatly marketed and sent to 106 prequalified firms and attracted five proposals from companies and joint ventures that had been reviewed and scored by representatives from MTA Construction & Progress,  Amtrak, and NJ TRANSIT, and assisted by a Complex Advisory Committee with additional reps from the Extensive Island Rail Highway, Empire State Improvement and the New York Town Economic Progress Corporation.  

The foundation agreement of up to $57.9 million would build the preliminary station design and would previous for just one 12 months. This deal involves alternatives covering preliminary layout for advancements to nearby subway stations and layout and engineering aid as the station reconstruction moves ahead.  

In trying to keep with the MTA’s intense nation-top program to inspire the growth and development of licensed Disadvantaged Enterprise Enterprises (DBE), the MTA’s Office of Range and Civil Rights has assigned a 22.5 percent DBE aim to the agreement.