Monday, May 14, 2012
Cosmetic surgery for Moynihan Station
From the NY Post:
Officials yesterday approved a $147 million contract to begin work on Moynihan Station — the start of an expected $1 billion face lift that includes cosmetic upgrades but no new tracks at teeming Penn Station.
Construction is expected to begin on Phase 1 by summer, with an estimated completion date of 2016.
That $270 million phase — funded mostly by the feds — will add two street-level entrances and station improvements to make navigating Penn Station easier.
What it won’t do is add new track space to the delay-plagued Penn, the busiest transit hub in North America.
Even the more ambitious and as-yet unfunded Phase 2 — which will bring retail, restaurants and a new Amtrak waiting area into what is now the James A. Farley post office — won’t add new tracks.