After decades of planning and three years of construction, Manhattan’s Moynihan Train Hall finally opened its doors today to commuters. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 255,000-square-foot redevelopment of the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building shines with a grand new hall for Penn Station’s Amtrak and Long Island Railroad service, replete with a 92-foot-high glass atrium that harkens back to the original terminal. The new space, which was unveiled on Wednesday by Governor Cuomo, will help relieve commuter congestion and improve train scheduling and capacity.
The facility is located immediately across from Penn Station on Eighth Avenue, and offers direct access to Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road, and six existing subway lines that service the area. The project also included the addition of eight new train tracks, expanded ticketing and baggage check-in areas, lounge areas for premier customers, a business center, and free Wi-Fi throughout.
The facility’s most impressive component is its glass canopy, which features four arched vaults, each made of 500 panels within a graceful metal frame. This bright hall is an incomparable improvement over the tight, labyrinthian corridors of the subterranean Penn Station, and will make commuting through one of the busiest corners of New York City a sunnier affair.
The public-private redevelopment was led by a consortium of entities including Empire State Development, Vornado Realty Trust, Related Companies, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Amtrak, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Skanska served as construction manager for the project, which first broke ground in 2017.
The hall is part of a $1.6 billion project that will eventually include additional passageways, subway entrances, and a variety of retail and dining options for waiting passengers.