Moynihan Train Hall expands New York City’s Penn Station across Eighth Avenue and into the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office, designed by McKim, Mead and White in 1912.
Five decades after demolition of Penn Station and 30 years after the plan’s conception, Moynihan Train Hall once again provides visitors with a grand entrance to New York City.
Constructed in three phases—West End Concourse, Moynihan Train Hall, and Farley Redevelopment—the project was led by a public-private partnership between New York State, transportation authorities, and a design-build joint venture. It has created a 21st century transportation hub that greatly improves access and interconnectivity and offers many amenities to improve each visitor’s experience.
Moynihan Train Hall represents the most ambitious upgrade to New York City’s transportation infrastructure in decades. Conversion of the landmarked James A. Farley Building created a modern, world-class facility that improves passengers’ experiences with state-of-the-art security, digital information technology, and other advanced systems that made it the first project worldwide to be certified under the new LEED for Transit programme, achieving Silver.
Moynihan reconfigures America’s busiest transit hub, dramatically expanding Penn Station’s concourses by half. Its central feature is the Main Boarding Concourse, whose roof of dramatically arched skylights—supported by three existing steel trusses, reinforced for stability—reaches a height of 92ft.
Openings cut through existing plate girders provide escalator and elevator access to the platforms. The West End Concourse added entrances and access to most platforms while the Midblock Hall connects to subways, buses, and taxis. All concourse and platform work was performed within the tight clearances of the trainshed and without significant interruption of rail operations.
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