New York Penn Station celebrates its centennial

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Amtrak and NJ Transit rail passengers wait under the giant departure board in Penn Station’s main concourse.
Matt Van Hattem
NEW YORK – October marks the opening of the 100th anniversary of the construction of New York Penn Station, and on Monday, October 18, Amtrak will celebrate its anniversary.

Beginning at 9:15 a.m., the public is invited to enjoy rare photo imagery, artifacts, and other items commemorating the station’s history, including the role Amtrak plays in the history of passenger rail travel. Representatives from Amtrak and its other Penn Station partners, NJ Transit and Long Island Rail Road, will be on hand as well as author Lorraine Diehl (“The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station”).

The station originally opened in 1910. A controversial reconstruction that saw the original above-ground building torn down arena was completed in 1968.

About 550,000 passengers pass through New York Penn Station each day, making it the busiest station in Amtrak’s system, and one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world. Together, Amtrak and the two commuter agencies operate more than 1,000 weekday trains at the facility.
NEW YORK – October marks the opening of the 100th anniversary of the construction of New York Penn Station, and on Monday, October 18, Amtrak will celebrate its anniversary.

Beginning at 9:15 a.m., the public is invited to enjoy rare photo imagery, artifacts, and other items commemorating the station’s history, including the role Amtrak plays in the history of passenger rail travel. Representatives from Amtrak and its other Penn Station partners, NJ Transit and Long Island Rail Road, will be on hand as well as author Lorraine Diehl (“The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station”).

The station originally opened in 1910. A controversial reconstruction that saw the original above-ground building torn down arena was completed in 1968.

About 550,000 passengers pass through New York Penn Station each day, making it the busiest station in Amtrak’s system, and one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world. Together, Amtrak and the two commuter agencies operate more than 1,000 weekday trains at the facility.
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