New York Penn Station expansion to finally see light of day

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NEW YORK - The chronically stalled plan to expand Penn Station into the neighboring James A. Farley Post Office is finally seeing the start of construction, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.

On Monday, a parade of government officials attended a ceremonial groundbreaking on the first phase of the project that calls for expanding the western Penn Station concourse, currently used only by Long Island Rail Road, to allow access to eight tracks used by NJ Transit and Amtrak. This phase also includes the construction of new entrances next to the post office and ventilation work.

The federal government is expected at the same time to make official an $83 million grant that was critical to the launching the first construction phase, which is projected to cost $267 million.

Known as Moynihan Station, in honor of late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan who pushed it throughout the 1990s, the project has been supported by four governors, three mayors, and an array of transportation and civic groups, but has been consistently derailed by a shifting political and financial landscape.
NEW YORK - The chronically stalled plan to expand Penn Station into the neighboring James A. Farley Post Office is finally seeing the start of construction, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.

On Monday, a parade of government officials attended a ceremonial groundbreaking on the first phase of the project that calls for expanding the western Penn Station concourse, currently used only by Long Island Rail Road, to allow access to eight tracks used by NJ Transit and Amtrak. This phase also includes the construction of new entrances next to the post office and ventilation work.

The federal government is expected at the same time to make official an $83 million grant that was critical to the launching the first construction phase, which is projected to cost $267 million.

Known as Moynihan Station, in honor of late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan who pushed it throughout the 1990s, the project has been supported by four governors, three mayors, and an array of transportation and civic groups, but has been consistently derailed by a shifting political and financial landscape.
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