About the Project
The Moynihan Station Project will redevelop the McKim, Mead & White designed and landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building into the new Manhattan home for Amtrak, transforming a treasured building into an iconic railroad passenger station and mixed-use development befitting New York City.
The Project is advancing in phases, and the first phase is now under construction.Phase 1 consists of three separate construction projects:
West End Concourse Expansion – This project will create access to the Penn Station tracks and platforms through the James A. Farley Post Office Building for the first time. The new entrances at the corners of 8th Avenue and 31st and 33rd Streets will provide commuters with access to an expanded and ADA-compliant concourse underneath the Farley Building that will serve tracks 5 – 21 and serve as the commuter concourse for Moynihan Station.
Connecting Corridor Expansion & Rehabilitation – This project will expand and rehabilitate the underground connecting corridor between the new West End Concourse and existing Penn Station, and it will include new and reconfigured subway entrances for the A,C,E subway station that will ease passenger flow.
Emergency Ventilation System – This project will install a state of the art emergency ventilation system for the railroad platforms under the Farley building, increasing safety for the hundreds of thousands of passengers that use the facility each day.
In May 2012, MSDC awarded a $147,750,000 construction contract to Skanska USA Civil Northeast for the West End Concourse Expansion.
Construction on the West End Concourse Expansion began in September 2012 with the first weekend closures of individual Penn Station tracks and platforms in order to facilitate surveying, the relocation of utilities, and preliminary foundation work for the new concourse. This type of work will continue until mid-2014 when the technically challenging steel erection phase will begin.
In September 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration awarded Moynihan Station a $30 million High Speed Rail Grant through the New York State Department of Transportation for the Connecting Corridor construction and the first portion of the new Emergency Ventilation System. Construction on both of these projects will begin in mid-2013.