20 June, 2017
In addition to the work being done as part of the new Moynihan Train Hall, the Penn-Farley Complex includes a comprehensive redesign of the LIRR's existing 33rd Street concourse at Penn Station and an extensive renovation to the adjacent Seventh and Eighth Avenue subway stations. But now commuters have a new way to get to the Long Island Rail Road tracks without having to navigate through chaos. "They shouldn't be paying the full fare they were paying before".
In anticipation of the so-called "summer of hell" Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking the MTA to reduce fares for all LIRR riders affected by track work.
Hakim's statement did not elaborate on what "fairly compensated" means. The wide layout and clear signage, including large digital screens that display schedule and track info, are a marked change from the current LIRR entrances to Penn Station, which sometimes are packed to the point of having to be closed by police for safety. "The Farley Building's Moynihan Train Hall is two decades in the making, and we are proud that this project is finally a reality".
The new space will have skylights, retail, and 250-square-feet of space. The new West End concourse increases passenger circulation and streamlines train operations by doubling the length and width of the original concourse, providing new stairways connecting with nine of Penn Station's eleven train platforms, and adding an additional passenger elevator on each platform for comfort and increased ADA accessibility.
The new Train Hall is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.